Schools need more resources to succeed

A motion of no confidence in Suffolk’s Conservative councillors to improve the county’s schools is set to be tabled by the authority’s Labour members on Thursday.

“The decision to bring a motion of no confidence is not one that is taken lightly, but this issue is so serious and Suffolk’s education system has deteriorated over such a long period that this course of action is needed.” said Labour Group leader Cllr Sandy Martin.

“Education in Suffolk is failing in so many areas, that the council must radically overhaul its whole political management and put in the resources that are needed,” he said. “Children only get one chance at their education – for them, this is not a trial run. Decisive action has to be taken now to improve their life chances.”

Education chiefs have already been criticised for leaving schools “languishing in mediocrity” by the schools’ watchdog Ofsted.

It said the county’s education improvement strategy was too weak as schools were performing well below the national average.

Newmarket county councillor Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, said the report had made “sobering reading” but the council was working hard to change Suffolk’s historic under performance.

“There are few issues of greater significance than the education our young people receive and if advice needs to be given, it ought to be heard – loud and clear. Results are improving in Suffolk, but too slowly. We’re already working, together, to make improvements and will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of a better future for our children.”