In July 2012, the RSA was invited by Suffolk County Council to conduct an independent inquiry into how to achieve a significant and sustained improvement in pupil attainment and improved capabilities for young people in the world of work. The goal was to contribute to a fundamental change in the way that education is discussed, perceived, and delivered across the County. It involved stakeholders in the process of designing long-term solutions by forming Solutions Groups to focus on particular issues and test new ideas. It has also benefited from the contributions of hundreds of people through the Fellow-led Shout Out Suffolk initiative and the Call for Ideas.
The report discusses how schools can work in more creative and collaborative ways with parents and the local community to support children’s needs and enrich their learning. It also sets out proposals to encourage and facilitate engagement, beginning in the primary school, by creating a learning framework for citizenship, enterprise and employability and setting up a simple, single mechanism to connect business and education.