Councillors agree £2.4 million boost to Suffolk schooling

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Councillors have agreed to spend £2.4 million on the first wave of initiatives to boost Suffolk’s educational attainment as set out in an independent report.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet agreed to release the cash - a reserve from last year’s council tax freeze grant - to implement recommendations in the RSA’s No School an Island document to improve the authority’s standing in school league tables.

Part of the funding will be used to provide training for school governors and develop job opportunities for young people through apprenticeships, internships and graduate offers.

Councillors backed all the initiatives in the report but noted that other groups such as headteachers and governors should push forward some of them. Those agreed by the council include widening the pool of teaching talent by investing in recruitment of outstanding teachers, engaging more with parents as well as developing the curriculum and Suffolk Baccalaureate.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, said: “The rate of improvement in educational standards needs to see a real step change. We cannot be satisfied with tinkering around the edges and not really addressing the real issues. We must have the courage to be bold and innovative.”