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Advice has been issued to parents and teachers on how they should respond to children’s questions and behaviour in the event of a terrorist attack.

The number of school days lost to unapproved holidays in Suffolk last autumn rose by almost 2,500 year-on-year, new figures show.

Schools in Ipswich are axing classroom assistants to save money, and a union head has warned “teachers will be next”.

In the latest sign of headteachers and education chiefs taking a stronger stance on the controversial issue, unapproved family holidays accounted for 38,615 days of unauthorised absences in the 2015/16 academic year in Suffolk.

The Suffolk branch of the National Union of Teachers has raised concerns over the financial mismanagement complaints levelled at the Academy Transformation Trust – stating that staff “can see paralleles with BHS”.

Parents taking their children out of school for holidays will still face fines after a father lost his landmark battle in the Supreme Court today.

Teachers and parents across Suffolk have voiced their support for a shake-up of primary school assessments in which SATs exams for year two pupils are set to be axed.

Almost 300 Ipswich parents missed out on their preferred secondary school this year while more than half of the total places at Beccles, Ixworth and Saxmundham free schools were not filled.

The east London academy trust which runs Ipswich Academy is set to take over another under-performing primary school in the Nacton area of Ipswich.

Almost 150 headteachers in Suffolk have issued a stark warning that the biggest school funding shake-up in a decade could lead to unprecedented budget cuts and create serious concerns over staff numbers, class sizes and clubs.

A Suffolk headteacher has called for action to end the “relentless scrutiny” of school leaders, amid a renewed row over teacher recruitment.

Rising numbers of parents in Suffolk are being fined for taking children out of school during term time despite a father’s landmark legal victory against a £60 fine.

The number of primary school children whose first language is not English has more than doubled to over 4,000 since the start of the decade in Suffolk.

Verified results for heavily-disputed, toughed-up tests taken at the end of primary school are set to be released on Thursday morning.

A record proportion of schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in Suffolk, new figures show.

Education chiefs have clashed with trade unionists over predictions that Suffolk’s schools will face a £19 million funding shortage by 2020, through real term budget cuts and cost increases.

The impact of burglaries and thefts at schools in Suffolk is not just measured on what was stolen or the repair bill to patch up the buildings - it is the effect it has on the pupils that can be the real crime, it has been said.

“Great reservations” were expressed last night about the effectiveness of fining parents of children who miss school after new stats showed Suffolk County Council handed out more fines than any other local authority last year.

Suffolk’s education sector has received a major boost after figures showed more children are hitting the govenrment’s new GCSE benchmark after outperforming their own potential.

Plans to open a new primary school in central Ipswich have been given the go-ahead – and another one could be on the way.

A Suffolk headteacher has branded Government plans for a “new generation” of grammar schools as a “vicious, unpleasant, nasty, narrow-minded retreat to the 1950s”.

Rising numbers of pupils are being excluded from primary schools in Suffolk, new figures reveal.

More than 50 youngsters, some as young as 11, have been found with Class A or B drugs while at school in the last two years, figures from Suffolk police show.

Dozens of teachers staged a protest in Ipswich town centre today in support of a national one-day strike against funding and education standards.

Thousands of youngsters across Suffolk and Essex are off school today after hundreds of teachers are set to take to the picket lines against “the biggest threat to the future of education”.

Thousands of teachers are set to strike in Essex and Suffolk next week as part of a national row over pay and conditions.

Education leaders have warned recruiting teachers in some of Suffolk’s most desirable areas has become increasingly difficult because they cannot afford to move to the county.

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