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Ofsted calls for Suffolk 'shake up'

31/01/2013 Joanna
Secondary teachers at Suffolk's better performing schools should be enlisted to help improve performance at schools doing less well, the head of Ofsted has asserted.

Earlier this month, Suffolk fell into the bottom ten of the government's GCSE league table, with 51 per cent of its pupils achieving five or more A-C grades in 2012, compared to a national average of 59.4 per cent.

During a visit to Ipswich, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw subsequently called on Suffolk County Council to "shake things up" in order to match the rates of improvement in educational attainment visible elsewhere, BBC News has reported.

He argued: "A good local authority uses its good schools to support schools that are less good.

"Given its demographics, it is not a poor county. Suffolk should be doing much better and similar counties are doing much, much better."

The council acknowledged the need for improvement and pointed to the 'Raising the Bar' programme it has put in place to elevate standards, while also attributing Suffolk's descent in the GCSE tables to recent changes in grade boundaries.

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