Labour’s Education Spokesperson on Suffolk County Council has called for an urgent review of education in Suffolk after another disappointing set of statistics were released.
Cllr Jack Abbott has made the intervention after the latest round of education statistics revealed that pupils in Suffolk continue to lag behind the national average in terms of their attainment levels.
Labour Spokesperson for Education and Skills Cllr Jack Abbott said; “This is another set of disappointing results for the council. Once again the figures are showing that this Tory administration is failing our young people with Suffolk still lagging behind the national average in each of the government measures.”
For a number of years Labour councillors have been calling on the County Council to do more to improve the attainment rates of Suffolk’s pupils but the call seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Statistics released on Friday 6th October 2017 show that just 49% of pupils reach the expected standard at Key Stage 2 compared to a national average of 54%, whereas the average Attainment 8 score in Suffolk is 48.6% compared to a national average of 50.1%.
These disappointing results come against a backdrop of relative success in the delivery of early years provision, an area where the County Council has very little input. The figures released show that the percentage of children reaching a Good Level of Development (GLD) is 70.2% compared to a national average of 69.3%.
Cllr Abbott continued; “The figures beg two questions, the first is what happens to children once they leave that early years settings and move into school and secondly, what impact has the ‘Raising the Bar’ project actually had on pupils attainment?
“Suffolk’s young people desperately need these questions answered with fresh solutions that will provide the support for our County’s education system – we cannot afford any more lost years.”
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Cllr Jack Abbot: Opposition Spokesperson for Education, Skills and ICT