Teacher shortage to be addressed

TACKLING the teacher shortage is a key element in Suffolk's education development plan, which has just been approved by Whitehall. The plan, which has just won the approval of the Department for Education and Skills (DFES), sets out how the county council intends to raise standards of achievement for all pupils and students in Suffolk over the next five years.

By Judy Rimmer

TACKLING the teacher shortage is a key element in Suffolk's education development plan, which has just been approved by Whitehall.

The plan, which has just won the approval of the Department for Education and Skills (DFES), sets out how the county council intends to raise standards of achievement for all pupils and students in Suffolk over the next five years.

There are a number of action plans and targets, covering areas such as:

- Improving teacher recruitment and retention

- Supporting schools in managing pupil behaviour

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- Helping schools to improve standards

- Improving teaching and learning

- Raising standards of achievement by young people from the foundation stage to key stage three.

Deputy council leader Bryony Rudkin said: "Our education development plan contains a number of challenging targets that we will need to work in partnership with schools to achieve."

The education development plan was approved by Suffolk County Council in January 2002, following the local education authority's outstanding Ofsted report, and covers the five-year period to 2007.