The shocking state of educational performance in Suffolk schools has been revealed as figures showing that two areas of the county are in the worst 10 for GCSE attainment. Waveney are the second worst and Ipswich is the 10th worst.
The Daily Telegraph has shown that only 47.2% of pupils in Waveney and 48.8% of pupils in Ipswich achieve 5 GCSE’s at A*-C, which is a national disgrace. The Conservatives on Suffolk Council talk about Education being the most important issue facing the council, but the words ring hollow for those pupils who are on the receiving end of a poor education and the lack of opportunities that this brings.
Labour councillors have consistently warned the county council that their inability to effect meaningful and necessary change will leave a forgotten generation across Suffolk, but this has fallen on deaf ears. Labour have asked for a number of measures including reversing cuts to the Learning and Improvement Service and better support for Educational Welfare Officers, all which have been vetoed by the Conservative administration.
Labour Spokesperson for Education and Skills Cllr Sonia Barker said; “This administration talks about improving pupils attainment levels but today’s figures show the council is failing badly. The Conservatives have been in control of the Council for a decade and they have presided over one of the worst falls in standards in the country. To have one district in the bottom 10 is shocking; to have two is an absolute disgrace.”
Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, Cllr David Ellesmere said: “Every year that the county council fails to get a grip of this situation means another group of our children have had their future blighted. The ruling Conservative Group seems like a rabbit caught in the headlights. If they genuinely want to Raise the Bar then they need to dramatically raise their game.”
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Daily Telegraph Article can be found here