index for inclusion


index for inclusion


Norfolk County Council have provided a wonderful opportunity to examine what can be achieved when a whole county is supported to use the ideas and materials of the Index for Inclusion to create their own plans for the development of their education settings. Norfolk will be connected to an international network of educators using the Index around the world.

This action research project will help to recognise and draw together the wealth of education resources to support development within Norfolk. It will build on its historical and geographical links to create a distinctively Norfolk approach. The enthusiasm and interest around the county of volunteering hub schools, and other schools as they encounter and use the Index, has already provided an optimistic start.

The project in Norfolk is demonstrating how this values based initiative can be linked to many complementary interventions in schools and to the results of inspections as they are fitted into actions following a school’s own self-evaluation.

You can learn more on the Norfolk Index for Inclusion website, which has information about the project, pages about each of the hub schools, and contact details for Index supporters.


Index Stories from Norfolk 


Archbishop Sancroft School

Colman Infant School
Ashill Primary School Edward Worlledge School
Broadland High School

Recreation Road School

Caister Junior School

Roydon Primary School




Case Studies


The Case Studies below give detailed evidence of the impact of values-led improvement work with the Index for Inclusion.

Since what we value most in education cannot be measured, case studies are the most valuable way to demonstrate both the achievements and the scope for development of schools using our approach. Each consists of a range of stories from a school and its community, woven together over time in relation to key themes. 


Colman Infant School

One of the earliest and most dynamic of schools to work with the Index in Norfolk. This case study shows how the school has systematically incorporated the Index into its development planning, both to enable widespread consultation and implement values-led responses. 

Dereham St Nicholas Junior School

This case study is of a school which in just six months used the Index to promote radical changes, under the direction of its Head, Neil Topliss. Issues addressed include the curriculum, promoting a culture of mutual respect, and involving governors in school improvement.