Labour’s Children’s Services spokesperson, Cllr Helen Armitage, has cautiously welcomed the news that the Early Years funding allocation from Suffolk County Council is set to rise and that changes to deprivation and special needs funding are to be introduced.
The Schools Forum committee (11th January 2018) will recommend to the County Council that funding for children in the Early Years setting should be increased to £4.00 and that Special Education Needs should be paid to providers on a needs basis rather than as 4p per hour per child no matter what their need. Changes to deprivation payments mean that these will now be targeted at those that need them.
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The Labour Group on Suffolk County Council will today call on the administration to take decisive action to improve education by taking a more proactive approach with failing academies, to be more transparent over how individual schools are improving and to instigate an independent review of the whole of education in Suffolk.
Labour Opposition Spokesperson for Education Sonia Barker will propose a motion to a meeting of the full council asking the administration to take these three steps in order to improve education, which has been failing pupils and parents across the county.
The motion comes after GCSE exam results in some of Suffolk’s schools have been shown to be well below the national average and in some cases three times lower than the councils goal of having 65% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths.
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I am proposing this motion due to the complete lack of urgency with regard to the sub-standard level of education that many hundreds of Suffolk pupils are currently receiving particularly in Ipswich and Lowestoft.
I don’t like having to point out the truth, but there are so many problems in education in Suffolk that this administration does not know where to look.
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