Major changes due for Suffolk County Council’s schools department

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House - Credit: Archant

All 650 members of staff in Suffolk County Council’s education and learning department will be offered revised jobs as part of a major shake-up in a drive to improve school performance.

The restructuring is part of the authority’s efforts to improve standards in the county following May’s Ofsted report which criticised the rate of improvement. The report also praised some areas.

Nine jobs will be created, but education bosses cannot rule out making some redundancies as they look to save £300,000 through the changes.

A total of £5.1million is being cut from the wider Children and Young People’s Services area – which employs around 2,400 people – in a scheme called Making Every Intervention Count.

A council spokesman said all members of staff in the education department would be offered revised positions.

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Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education and skills, said the restructuring, due to take place in September, said: “These [nine new] roles will provide greater support in developing school leadership, communication and driving school excellence.

“These proposals will deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people in Suffolk to achieve their potential in the future.

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“The council is committed to reducing the number of potential redundancies as far as possible.

“However, in some cases, where all other alternative options have been fully considered, some people may need to be made redundant if there is no suitable position for them.”

Sandy Martin, leader of the opposition Labour group, said making cuts would not be productive to boost performance.

“They are taking money out of the school improvement service at a time it’s clearly not still able to make a significant difference in the schools in Suffolk, so it’s the wrong thing to do,” he said.

Graham White, secretary of Suffolk’s NUT, claimed staff were not happy about the proposals.

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