Publicly funded schools in Suffolk to benefit from £600,000 boost

Publicly funded schools in Suffolk will benefit from a new £600,000 fund created by Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar programme and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to continue to boost the attainment of pupils across the county, it has been announced.

This prestigious new partnership will bring the best national education research into Suffolk schools at a time when results are on the up and Suffolk is now looking to move into the top ranks for education nationally.

Schools will be able to bid for money from the fund to use for projects that have been evaluated by the EEF and have shown promise in raising educational attainment elsewhere in the country.

By working together, the EEF and Suffolk County Council will be able to monitor how best practice can be rolled out to more schools. It is hoped that this pilot project in Suffolk could be expanded to other areas in the future.

The new partnership builds on the established Raising the Bar Challenge Fund, which has seen more than 100 Suffolk schools receive a total of more than £400,000 in the last two years. Challenge Fund projects have focussed on improving literacy and numeracy in primary schools, boosting ambition and innovation in all schools, and closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others.

Cllr Gordon Jones, County Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education & Skills said: 

“Education in Suffolk has now turned a corner and we have many more children and young people in good and outstanding schools, but we want to go further. Now is the right time to build on this success by working with the Education Endowment Foundation to bring the best possible education expertise and knowledge into Suffolk.”

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 Country Council will allow 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.”

Schools can find details of how to register their interest in the fund at www.suffolk.gov.uk/eef