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Issues such as home schooling, special educational needs and school transport have prompted fresh calls for a dedicated council committee scrutinising education issues.

Children across the UK have spent the last three and half months at home due to Covid-19 - now children are beginning to re-attend, a nursery gives it’s top tips for their safe return.

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A final decision on a shake-up of children’s centres in Suffolk is set to be made next week – with one more centre remaining open full time than planned.

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An urgent investigation has been launched after new figures revealed the numbers of Suffolk school pupils permanently excluded doubled this year.

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A Suffolk education union has warned that having full classes in September without effective social distancing will be “reckless” and “potentially dangerous”.

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Parents and education leaders in Suffolk have called for changes to be made to SATs exams following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A headteacher at a Bury St Edmunds school has said she is keen to use cash from the government’s Covid catch-up scheme to help students most at need.

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Increasing confidence from parents has prompted a rise in the numbers of pupils returning to school - with nearly 2,000 going back in some format.

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Britain’s history should be taught “warts and all”, education leaders in Suffolk have said - amid fresh debate on whether the nation’s colonial past gets enough attention in schools.

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As some pupils settle back into the school routine, some parents across Suffolk who made the decision not to send their child back on June 1 are now questioning whether they too should attend.

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The proposal of summer schools and Saturday classes to help children catch up on lost education has divided teachers and parents in Suffolk – with some arguing that “homeschooling is not learning”.

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Concerns have been raised regarding proposed plans to restructure children’s services in Suffolk after a survey found 83% of staff are in opposition.

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Calls to review the 2m social distancing measures in a bid to get more children back to schools have been made, despite union bosses saying changes are a ‘red herring’.

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The University of Suffolk has pledged to hold some face-to-face lectures from September - to give students as much of an on-campus experience as possible during the Covid-19 crisis.

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The plan for children in Suffolk to return to primary schools before summer has been dropped by the government.

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Parents in Suffolk are divided over whether they would send their child to a summer school this year to help them catch up with learning, a poll has indicated.

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Summer schools are being considered as a possible measure to help youngsters disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. Would you send your child if they were launched here in Suffolk?

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Schools are working on plans for blended learning models for the autumn term as they predict the virus pandemic to continue until the end of the year, according to education chiefs.

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Fewer than one in five primary pupils returned to school in Suffolk last week, new data shows.

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A primary school in Sudbury has closed following a suspected case of coronavirus just four days after reopening – with a Suffolk union boss admitting this is “what he feared would happen”.

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A primary school in Sudbury has decided to close as staff take a “cautious response” while a colleague is tested for Covid-19.

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