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Calls have been made by education champions in Suffolk to bring poorly performing academies back under council control.
Parents are being asked to make voluntary contributions to pay for school essentials following cuts to per pupil funding across Suffolk and Essex, according to a teaching union.
New figures reveal one in five Suffolk schools have no male teachers - raising questions over a lack of role models for boys in early education.
A campaign by the Department for Education encouraging people to get into teaching is to visit Ipswich this week, amid concerns for teacher shortages in the county.
Education bosses are admitting some pupils with special needs are forced to stay at home due to a lack of specialist placements.
The number of fixed term exclusions at Suffolk primary schools has soared in recent years - prompting calls for an overhaul in the Government's education system.
Academy leaders have come under fire as new figures reveal seven trusts with schools in Suffolk pay salaries in excess of £150,000.
The amount of money spent per pupil in Suffolk and Essex has dropped dramatically in the past few years, according to analysis of figures from the Department for Education.
Exclusions dished out by schools in Suffolk have leapt up in recent years - and union bosses claim this is mostly down to academisation.