Education study is ‘a waste of time’
A COUNCIL is carrying out a study into how to raise educational achievement in St Edmundsbury, despite councillors warning it would be a waste of time and money.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s overview and scrutiny committee voted 7-4 in favour of the study, which follows reports by other Suffolk councils.
Cllr Paul Hopfensperger backed the idea at a meeting last Wednesday, saying it needed to look at the effects of nutrition on pupils.
But Cllr Stefan Oliver questioned the timing of the review – Bury as part of the borough, has still to make the switch to two-tier education.
Cllr Angela Rushen, a retired headteacher, said a ‘huge’ report would be ‘reinventing the wheel’ when money is tight.
And Cllr Ian Houlder said there was a problem with parents not encouraging their children to read, but he added a study ‘could waste a lot of time and resources’ finding out what teachers already know.
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