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Diocese of Norwich Academy Trust praised by Ofsted

The Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust, which comprises 30 schools, has been praised by Ofsted for strong leadership, quality teaching and a culture of collaborative learning.

The Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) has been highly praised in its recent Ofsted Multi Academy Trust review.  The report noted: “high expectations, coupled with a strong focus on accountability, secured in a cohesive and well-supported learning community” have facilitated “rapid improvement”.

Ofsted started the review by visiting six DNEAT academies who were due for inspection and was followed by a visit to the central Trust team. The six academy inspections all resulted in ‘good’ outcomes and the review of the Trust was extremely positive backing up the outcomes found in the academies.

Mary Jane Edwards, CEO of DNEAT said: “We are so proud of this result as it reflects the fantastic work that our teachers and staff across our academies are doing. Although this is a great result, we know that there is still more to do and we will continue to work at improving standards. We all want to provide the best education possible for the children in our care and we believe that by working collaboratively we can achieve this.” 

DNEAT was initially formed in Autumn 2013. The Trust now comprises 30 schools – 29 of which are primary schools and almost all are in Norfolk.

The Ofsted review reported that senior leaders and trustees were clear that in the early stages of the Trust’s evolution, the rate of school improvement was too slow. However, it noted: “recent inspections…and Trust-wide assessment information reflect a positive pattern of ongoing change. Pupils are making better progress because the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is improving. High-level ambition and raised expectations are at the heart of this cultural shift.”

“The Trust is fully committed to serving its community and aims to provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. This strong sense of moral purpose is now fuelled further by the ambition to make a significant difference to improving life chances for all pupil groups and to prepare them well for the next stage in their education.”

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