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Plan for major education review
A major review of education in Suffolk, which could lead to a shake-up of the school system, is set to take place in the New Year.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for education Patricia O'Brien will ask for the review at a meeting in January.

She said the aim was to consult everyone in the county interested in the future direction of schooling.

The options could include the abolition of middle schools and a move to a two-tier system throughout Suffolk.

'Explore options'

A council spokesman said: "The review will include a look at population changes across the county, and the need to examine whether the current mixture of two and three-tier education best serves all the pupils in Suffolk."

County councillor Ms O'Brien, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: "In Suffolk, every child matters and we owe it to our children and young people to explore every option that might improve their futures.

"I believe the review could be the first step towards that goal and I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to contribute fully to the process.

The review will be considered by Suffolk County Council's cabinet on 10 January.

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