Funding boost for schools

SCHOOLS in Ipswich are among those to benefit from Government money aimed at encouraging closer co-operation between schools, it has been announced today.

SCHOOLS in Ipswich are among those to benefit from Government money aimed at encouraging closer co-operation between schools, it has been announced today.

A total of £40,000 is to go towards a project to develop closer links between St Joseph's College, Beacon Hill School, St Alban's High School, BT Exact and Goldsmith's College and companies CSV Media and Artsroute.

The grant is part of £170,000 package to fund four new projects in the east of England.

Charles Clarke, secretary of state for education, said: "Raising standards across secondary schools in the east of England means sharing expertise from every source. These partnerships have proved their worth – so we are creating many more."

In total the scheme has already funded 280 partnerships over the past six years, helping around 1,100 schools in both private and public sectors in a bid to raise standards.

The Suffolk project, funded from September, will involve improving Key Stage 3 pupils use and understanding of digital technology.