Suffolk schools London tie-up

Suffolk schools are teaming up with those in Hackney to improve educational standards in the county.

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What Suffolk schools can learn from London

Suffolk County Council has turned to a surprising partner to try to improve its poor performance in schools.

The East London borough of Hackney, whose schools are performing very well, has been chosen to teach Suffolk a thing or two.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper:

Bid to boost Suffolk school results

Suffolk schools have entered a partnership with those in Hackney in a bid to improve results in the county.

A report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) points to improvements that were achieved in schools in the London borough and argues that gains can be achieved if a similarly ambitious and focused approach is taken in Suffolk.

Hackney Council's cabinet member for Children's Services Rita Krishna said their school results had been improved by a "relentless focus on fundamentals and having very high ambition and aspirations for all children and young people."

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Suffolk-Hackney education partnership

Suffolk County Council says the new Hackney-Suffolk partnership will see a cultural, professional and educational exchange programme set up to benefit both areas - designed to enrich pupils' learning, broaden teachers' professional expertise and strengthen leadership at all levels.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member of education, skills and young people, said:

"When we commissioned the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) to lead the Raising the Bar inquiry, we had one very clear objective in mind - to find solutions that would help improve the educational attainment of Suffolk children now and in the future."

Suffolk schools joining forces with Hackney

Suffolk has been falling down school performance tables in the past few years Credit: ITV Anglia

Suffolk schools are joining forces with those in Hackney to improve education results in the county.

Suffolk has been falling down the primary school and GCSE league tables while in Hackney results have been improving faster.

According to Suffolk County Council, the new partnership is designed to stimulate new thinking and create the impetus for more radical change within the county's education system.

It has been set up following a 10-month independent inquiry into school performance in Suffolk.

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