The next phase of Raising the Bar gets underway – creating the best education system for Suffolk’s children and young people


The draft Raising the Bar strategy 2018-20 will be considered when Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet meets on Tuesday 20 February.

Cabinet will discuss the strategy’s plan to build on the achievements to date and to develop the ambition to create an education system for children and young people in Suffolk that is among the best in England.

The Raising the Bar 2018-20 Strategy has been developed in consultation with education and training providers across Suffolk. Including headteachers, teachers and other education settings.

The proposed strategy focuses on the following three priorities:

  • Exceptional leadership and governance across the education sector – building a strong community of people who can lead and inspire our children 
  • Excellence in teaching and learning, driven by system led improvement and innovation –improving the professional development support services offer to our schools
  • The best opportunities for every child and young person – extending the range of learning opportunities available for children and young people in Suffolk

The Raising the Bar programme was first established in 2012. Five years on, many more children now attend ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools and outcomes for children and young people of all ages have improved.

  • 87% of Suffolk schools are now judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, which is an increase of 12% from 2015. We also continue to improve at a rate twice as fast as national.
  • 96% of Suffolk childcare providers (non-domestic premises) are now judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, which is an increase of 13% since 2015 and in line with national.

Councillor Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills at Suffolk County Council, said:

“Suffolk’s children and young people deserve the best education system. When the Raising the Bar programme first launched, we always knew it was going to be a long journey, but through the hard work and commitment of education providers, families, communities and businesses significant progress has been.

“Suffolk’s education system has come a long way and there is much to be proud of, however we are not stopping now. The next phase of Raising the Bar continues to be ambitious and supports all children and young people in Suffolk to achieve their full potential. I look forward to celebrating further achievements in 2018 to 2020.” 

Full details on the Raising the Bar committee paper for the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 20 February is available.