Labour amendment calls for more school improvement not less

Cllr Sonia BarkerLabour Councillors will in an amendment to the County Council budget today challenge the administration to reverse the cuts to school improvement services that ensure schools have the opportunity to deliver the educational experience for their pupils.

The Conservative administration is proposing to cut the non-statutory support for schools and deleting vacant posts meaning there will be virtually no support for struggling schools from the County Council.

Following the recent Ofsted report in which Suffolk County Council was criticised for being aware of the problems in education it faced it seems incredible that the council could cut the support services that will help Suffolk rise up the league tables and ensure Suffolk pupils get the best possible start in life.

Labour Education spokesperson Cllr Sonia Barker has called on the administration to think again saying; “At this time, when school improvement is so high up the political agenda it seems incredible that money is being cut from services that will help improve our schools.

She added; “At this moment in time schools need as much support as the council can afford, not less. It is completely bizarre that this administration wants to cut school improvement when they need it most, Ofsted agree with us, teachers agree with us, parents agree with us. This cut is the surest sign that this Conservative administration is not taking its responsibilities to our young people seriously enough.”

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