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Gordon Jones

Senior officers across Suffolk's ailing special educational needs service are to be held to account for its failings, it has emerged.

As figures reveal that Suffolk ranks among the worst areas in the country for unauthorised school absences, we ask the question - have you ever taken your child out of school during term time?

Suffolk County Council has been ordered to pay nearly £5,000 to the family of an autistic teenager after a series of blunders caused them 14 months of anguish over her education.

Plans to expand a host of Suffolk schools and build more than 10 new establishments by 2029 have been revealed by Suffolk County Council.

Some Suffolk schools are actively encouraging parents to educate their children at home, the county's education boss has revealed amid a spike in the number of pupils being home schooled.

A task force is set to be established later this year to come up with measures to tackle a shortfall of places for youngsters who cannot attend mainstream schools.

A campaign by the Department for Education encouraging people to get into teaching is to visit Ipswich this week, amid concerns for teacher shortages in the county.

A bid has been launched by an academy trust for a new secondary school planned for the 2,000-home Adastral Park development to be a free school.

First images for the new special school planned for the former Holywells High School site in Ipswich have been unveiled, as a planning application has now been lodged.

Nearly three quarters of Suffolk parents still believe schools in the county should be run on a catchment area system, new survey results have revealed.

Plans to build three new special schools as part of a £45million programme of investment in Suffolk have been backed by councillors

A health watchdog has said it is now satisfied with the county's children's services, following concerns over governance in 2017.

Plans have been unveiled to pump up to £45.1million into creating hundreds of special educational needs places in Suffolk, in a bid to meet soaring demand.

Work is currently underway to create additional classrooms at a Bury St Edmunds school which will help it reach its full capacity of educating 1,200 pupils.

Education officials "orchestrated" safeguarding concerns at a Suffolk special school to remove senior staff and push through its conversion to an academy, it has been claimed.

Families have been forced to spend thousands of pounds just to get the special support their child needs.

The academy trust set to take over a struggling special school in Ipswich has formally been announced.

Education chiefs are today facing accusations they brushed aside safety concerns at a Suffolk special school to avoid "rocking the boat" during its conversion to an academy.

The number of fixed term exclusions at Suffolk primary schools has soared in recent years - prompting calls for an overhaul in the Government's education system.

"Chronic underfunding" of education by the government has been blamed for a council's overspending on children's services.

Suffolk's special needs provision is reportedly in "crisis" as new data reveals one third of children could not get placements within their own county.

Fresh concerns have been raised about a Suffolk special school after reports of vulnerable pupils suffering unexplained injuries.

Fresh questions have been raised over youngsters not in education, employment or training (NEETs), after the latest data revealed Suffolk had disproportionately high numbers.

Scores of Suffolk schools have signed up for a fresh project to boost attainment - but education chiefs have confirmed no extra cash has been pumped into it.

A fostering and adoption service has confirmed it will be sponsoring one of the Elmer sculptures set to parade around Ipswich next year.

A fresh drive to boost attainment in Suffolk schools has been announced by education chiefs - but mystery surrounds what it will involve.

Parents of vulnerable children with complex needs have raised safeguarding fears about a Suffolk special school after pupils returned home with unexplained injuries - some requiring hospital attention.

An Ipswich special school rated 'inadequate' by inspectors six months ago has been told its safeguarding is still not effective.

A rise in schools rated 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement' is not down to poor funding or strategy, council chiefs have said.

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