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Plans to support literacy among young pupils in four primary schools have been backed by a £200,000 grant from the Department for Education.

The Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance (SBTA), run by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, has been successful in bidding for the money from the Strategic School Improvement Fund – one of only 11 successful bids in the Eastern Region.

I was delighted that 2018 started with all our secondary and primary schools coming together at Sybil Andrews Academy and Newmarket Academy prior to students returning for the new term.

This has become an annual event within Samuel Ward Academy Trust and it is great way of collaborating with school staff in similar positions.

A group of teachers who passed a rigorous training and research programme nine months ahead of schedule have been hailed as “trailblazers”.

The eight staff members from schools in Haverhill, Newmarket and Great Cornard have become the first to go through the Lead Practitioners scheme, set up by Samuel Ward Academy Trust’s Research School with the SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network.

A special time for families, Christmas is also a particularly lovely time in schools.

It’s an opportunity for celebration and performance and gives parents and families a chance to join in school events.

Plans to extend the October school half term to a fortnight are not at this stage being taken forward by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust following the results of a widespread consultation.

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