This year Suffolk County Council is working to Raise the Bar and improve educational standards in the county.

Here we want to champion those that are striving to drive up attainment and give our students the best possible start in life.

We also want to highlight those areas where improvement is still needed.

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Siobhan Cordy-McKenna joined students from the charities committee Lana Korabik, Rebecca Coleby and Charlotte Eliot to collect student-decorated Christmas hampers for needy families in Colchester at Colchester Sixth Form Centre on Thursday, December 18.

Gallery: Generous students make Christmas hampers

Generous students in Colchester have made more than 100 Christmas hampers to help vulnerable families.

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Art teacher, Dominic Billing, and year 9 students have created a new altar front at St Benedicts School in Bury.

St Benedict’s art students create Gothic altarpiece for project

Art students have created a stunning Gothic altarpiece as part of a school project.

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(Front row seated) Anthony Ellison, manager from NAFIS, joined Katherine Osbourne and Sam Best, managers of from the Meadow Children’s Centre and Leiston Children’s Centre, Karina Irons, manager of the Waveney Blythe Children's Centre along with Anita Abram, Information Lead Officer from the SCC, and (back row) staff and community parents to award the children's centres with the Families First Accreditation.

Children’s centres recognised for engagement with families

Childcare providers in two Suffolk towns have received national recognition for keeping families at the heart of services.

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John Nice – Doing Nicely

John Nice

Doing Nicely: Celebrating a successful 2014 at Easton and Otley College

I went to my first pantomime recently and absolutely loved it. All the clichés came out including the ‘he’s behind you’ classic that had children (and adults) ranting in the aisles.

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Geoff Barton – Education Matters

Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury.

Education Matters: Schools really are full of joy at this time of year, says Geoff Barton

A fellow teacher said to me this week: ‘They’ve squeezed all the fun out of schools, haven’t they?’

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Henley Primary School nativity play.

Raising the Bar: Praise for St Pancras and Henley Primary Schools in Ipswich and The Priory Special School in Bury St Edmunds following Ofsted report

The release of Ofsted’s annual report this time last week presented the overall state of the national education landscape, drawing a line under the inspections completed during the last academic year.

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See how the most-recently inspected schools performed or tell us what you think of the standard of education at your child’s school.
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