Suffolk schools benefit from £600,000 funding from the Education Endowment Foundation

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Schools in West Suffolk have received money from a new £600,000 partnership between Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar programme and the Education Endowment Foundation.

County schools were invited to bid for money from the Challenge Fund for schemes which have shown elsewhere that they raise educational attainment.

The money has been offered to more than 120 Suffolk schools to enable them to develop effective teaching strategies in maths, reading and writing and science and to provide focussed extra support to help students at risk of not reaching their potential.

Forest and Elveden Academies have received £2,083 in funding to enable Elveden to take part in a special writing project while Forest is taking part in the Accelerated Reader, a web based programme which motivates children to read more and identifies skills gaps.

Headteachers Lorna Rourke and April Grimes, said: “We will be using the funding to really drive improvement in literacy in both schools.”

Gordon Jones, county cabinet member for children’s services, edication and skills, said: ”The goal of our Raising the Bar programme is to ensure every child in Suffolk can reach their full potential. Real progress is being made to achieve this and by working with the foundation we have capitalised on its experience of effective approaches to provide an easy route of access to some of the best educational programmes available.”