Suffolk: How to Improve Education?

2 October 2012, 06:00 | Updated: 2 October 2012, 08:26

A review of education and achievement standards in Suffolk's schools is asking for ideas on how to make improvements.

Education experts  are asking parents, teachers and business people what they think would boost performance.

The Raising the Bar commission, chaired on behalf of Suffolk County Council by the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce’s (RSA) chief executive Matthew Taylor, are wanting to hear from people who have ideas that will help young people achieve more at school and become better prepared for the working world.

Launching the call for ideas, Matthew Taylor said:

“The aim of the Raising the Bar programme is to make sure young people in Suffolk have the best possible chance to succeed at school, and get great jobs, in a fast-changing world.

“At the moment, Suffolk’s young people are falling behind, with lower exam results than most of the rest of the country. Employers often tell us that Suffolk’s young people are leaving school without the skills they need.

“We want to make new things happen quickly. People in Suffolk are already excited about this work and are developing new ideas to transform learning in Suffolk. But we need more ideas and this is an important opportunity for people to share their views.”

People are being urged to submit their ideas online using the Raising the Bar website: The deadline is 2 November 2012.

Graham Newman the cabinet member for education and young people at Suffolk County Council is telling Heart why they want to do it.

Graham Newman - Raising the Bar