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The headteacher of a comprehensive school in Bury St Edmunds has said his perceptions of independent schools are changing as the first stage of a work-shadowing venture gets under way.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Pupils at the Meadows Montessori Primary School in Ipswich take part in the lessons.

There’s no shortage of Montessori pre-schools across the UK but studies show the approach has much to offer older pupils too.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Pupils Mitchell Simpson, James Fulford and Harry Boutell read books to then take quizzes at Manningtree High School raising money for Accelerated Reader's Nepal appeal on Friday, 1 May.

Pupils at a north Essex school completed more than 140 quizzes today in a bid to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Are schools missing out on pupil premium funding?

Schools across north Essex could be missing out on millions of pounds of extra funding under changes brought in by universal free school meals.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Left to right: Sadie Lofthouse, Jo Churchill, Nikos Savvas and Chris Houlton.

It is often joked that students leave university or college with an additional qualification – in drink.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Following on from the enzymes and science of malt session Edme ran for Year 10 science students at Manningtree High School during British Science Week, the students visited Edme for a tour of the factory.

Students from Manningtree High School learnt about the science behind baking during a visit to a food ingredients firm.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
A truancy sweep in Ipswich town centre

Eighteen parents of truant school children appeared before magistrates yesterday, after a major crackdown on parents allowing youngsters to skip school regularly.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UCS Waterfront building, Ipswich Campus

A fully independent university for Ipswich by 2020 – that is the target announced today in University Campus Suffolk’s new five year plan.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Finborough School pupils performing Bugsy Malone

Pupils at a Suffolk preparatory school have wowed packed audiences with a full stage production of Bugsy Malone.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Hazelmere Infant School and Nannas Day Nursery in Colchester.

Schools in Essex have had to fork out £800,000 to get the free school meals initiative up and running.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Local school children take part in the Crucial Crew event at AFC Sudbury.

Young people improved their personal safety skills at a course organised by the Rotary Club of Sudbury in conjunction with Suffolk police and other partner organisations.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Thurston Community College principal Helen Wilson.

schools in Suffolk are set to have more than 100 spare places for Year 7 pupils this September, new figures have revealed.

John Nice - Doing Nicely

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

As an avid pub quizzer, I love a bit of random trivia.

Raising the Bar

Friday, April 24, 2015

The annual Ofsted inspection of Suffolk County Council’s plan to improve schools has been delayed until after the General Election.

Friday, April 10, 2015
Roger Fern accepts the Significant Contribution to Education award from Mark Emms from Norse.

Time is running out to nominate people, schools and projects for the Raising the Bar Awards 2015, which recognise excellence across education in Suffolk.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Visionary Management award: Cathy Laird of Farlingaye High School. Having supported more than 70 young carers at the school in accessing the support and guidance they need in order to succeed, the judges felt Cathy was a worthy winner.

The Raising the Bar Awards 2015 celebrate success right across education in Suffolk.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Headteacher Paul Hesketh at Stonham Aspal Primary School who is retiring

A primary school has narrowly missed achieving a National Pupil Premium Award in 2015, writes Julie Cooper parent governor of Stonham Aspal CEVA Primary School.

Monday, March 23, 2015
County councillor Caroline Page sang in Mandarin at the Anglo Chinese Cultural Exchange New Year show at the Ipswich Corn Exchange

An advocate of modern language learning has highlighted what she calls a “disturbing” lack of uptake across Suffolk.

Geoff Barton - Education Matters

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If fag packets had feelings, then they would definitely deserve our sympathy, writes Geoff Barton.

School Sport

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A swimming club sent 27 members to a county-wide championship – with more finalists than ever before.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Graham Gooch and Essex CCC academy director John Childs with students

The state of English cricket may be in disarray after last month’s World Cup disaster, but this certainly wasn’t the case when Orwell Park School’s cricket squad held its first practice of the season in new artificial surface nets.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Action from the Butterfly during the Suffolk County Swimming Championships at Crown Pools.

The Suffolk County Championships took place over the past three weekends at Crown Pools, including teams from all over the county, with Team Ipswich taking the top club award with 2654 points.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hadleigh, in burgundy and white, and Ipswich YM, in burgundy and yellow, play a match in the Under 12 category at the Colchester RFC Mini Rugby Festival at Colchester’s Mill Road ground on Sunday 22 March.

Thousands of youngsters from across Suffolk and Essex took part in the 35th Colchester RFC Mini Rugby Festival at the club’s Mill Road Ground on Sunday, with more than 100 teams competing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
An impression of the new Moreton Hall secondary school.

Major funding for sports facilities for the community and students of a new Bury St Edmunds secondary school is recommended for approval by councillors next week.

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Matt Hunter

Education correspondent

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Matt’s focus is on covering the best education stories in Suffolk and north Essex. He works with schools, colleges, universities to profile the best and brightest students. Matt scrutinises the latest exam results, Ofsted reports and holds national and local authorities to account.

He also writes the monthly education supplement which takes an in depth look at the key events.

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