Raising the Bar Bulletin

Welcome to the October issue of the Raising the Bar bulletin. 
This edition covers a range of topics including the opportunity to be involved in the Raising the Bar Sponsoring Group, an invitation for young people to take part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day and highlights from the news this month. 
An important part of Raising the Bar is sharing best practice from across Suffolk. If you would like to share your story for our ‘celebrating success’ feature get in touch.

Big improvements in early years and Key Stage 1 results 
Initial statistics released by the Department for Education indicate an improvement in early years and Key Stage 1 attainment and, therefore, an upward surge in Suffolk’s position in national league tables. Read in full here.

Suffolk climbs 11 places in the national GCSE league table 

Fewer teenagers in Suffolk achieved the Government’s target for GCSE results this year – but the county moved up the national league table. Read the full story here.

Opportunity to join new Raising the Bar Sponsoring Group

Following a substantial amount of applicants to join the Raising the Bar Sponsoring Group, the first meeting of the new group took place earlier this month. The group, which is tasked to hold the programme to account, has wide representation from a range of roles including early years, primary and secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units, higher education, businesses, district and borough councils and the voluntary and community sector. 
We are currently looking for the following stakeholders to join the Sponsoring Group: primary headteacher, classroom teacher (primary or secondary), secondary school governor, school support staff and parents. 
If you are interested, click here for further details.

Suffolk County Council invites young people to takeover

As part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day, Suffolk County Council is inviting groups of young people to take part in activities happening within the council from 10 November up until the day of the  takeover on 21 November. For more details click here.

Nikki Edwards: Educating Suffolk

In this month’s instalment, Assistant Director for Education and Learning, Nikki Edwards blogs about the necessary information schools need on their website. Click here to read more. 

‘Raising attainment’ is key theme for Business Administration Conference

A conference for school administrative teams, business managers and bursars will be visiting Lowestoft, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds throughout November. The agenda for this year is once again packed with presentations, workshops and the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the region. To book a place via CPD online. 

Be e-Safe, Get Qualified

e-Safer Suffolk is pleased to launch a new accredited learning scheme for children, young people and vulnerable adults. To celebrate the e-Safety Online Visa, e-Safer Suffolk are holding an event at Endeavour House, Ipswich on 5 November. Sessions introduced by Sue Cook and Gordon Jones are being held between 12pm – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm. For details or to register your attendance email esafer@suffolk.gov.uk

Encourage children to read through the schools library programme

Funding is available through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme to State funded primary and secondary schools as well as dedicated schools who cater for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) who want to improve or do not have their own library. For more details click here.

Empowering Parents

This month tackles the topic of behaviour and attendance. Click here to see the full article. Please share this with parents you know. 

Suffolk celebrates success of first Skills Show

Suffolk businesses turned out in mass to support the first ever Suffolk Skills Show; a skills and careers event reaching over 4000 young people. Read the full story here.

Focused effort to improve support offered to schools

Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Sue Cook, talks about the improvements made to support schools in this month’s EA Education

Term-time holiday crackdown has halved truancy rates 

Clampdown on term-time holidays is key to why truancy rates in Suffolk have almost halved in just three years. Read the full article here.

Pioneering approach to youth unemployment

Works begin on the UK’s first ever dedicated youth employment centre at Fraser House in Ipswich. Click for more details.

Schools join up to boost maths skills

Four Newmarket primary schools are among 27 across west Suffolk that have signed up to a new initiative aimed at raising standards in maths. Click here for the full story.

5 November – Be e-Safe, Get Qualified launch event for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
12 November – Next edition of Empowering Parents in the East Anglian Daily Times
21 November – Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day

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