Suffolk schools benefit from £600,000 partnership

More than a third of Suffolk’s publicly funded schools have benefited from a new £600,000 partnership between Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar programme and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Schools across Suffolk were invited to bid for a share of the £600,000 fund, which aims to boost attainment of pupils by bringing the best education research to the county.

More than 120 schools have been offered funding to implement a number of different programmes covering mathematics, reading and writing, and science. The projects range from training and developing effective teaching strategies, to additional support for underachieving pupils.

Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the EEF said: “We know that using evidence to inform teaching can help schools spend their money more effectively and make a real difference to attainment. I’m delighted that our new partnership with Suffolk County Council is allowing local schools to adopt programmes that have already been shown to get results. We hope that the new fund will help to create a lasting legacy of evidence-based practice in schools across Suffolk.”

Cllr Gordon Jones, County Council cabinet member for education 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 Education Endowment 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.”

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