Herefordshire Council is establishing a three year strategic plan for the county’s education.
Many of Herefordshire’s children, young people, schools, early years settings and colleges achieve fantastic results as well as having a rounded educational experience. The plan will enable the council and its partners, including children and young people, parents, governors, school leaders and communities, to build on the education strengths already in place whilst addressing any areas which require improvement. The plan will also help to deliver the council’s aspiration for a vibrant and high performing education system which not only improves the lives of children and young people but is also valued by local communities and supports sustained economic growth.
The strategic approach, which has been developed through consultation with a range of education leaders, has at its core a drive for Herefordshire to be in the top 25 per cent of all local authority areas. This will enable children and young people to achieve at each stage of their development, from early years into adulthood and make the most of each child’s abilities whilst also focussing on supporting any child that is in danger of not making progress and achieving their aspirations.
Early years settings and schools have all been working hard this year, not only to raise the achievement of all their children and young people, but also to focus on narrowing the gap between vulnerable groups, such as those eligible for free school meals, and their peers. This has been a particular issue in Herefordshire which the education community has been keen to address. The plan focuses on developing the role of governors and supporting the further development of high quality teaching and learning opportunities. It will also focus on putting in place a long term estates strategy, so that Herefordshire has a clear plan for investment and improvement for school buildings.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “There have been a number of changes to education over the past few years, including the range of organisations and partners which can be involved in the running of a school.
“The council is working with education leaders and partners to develop a strategic approach for the county which will not only deliver education improvements, but will also build on the successes we have already achieved in our schools.
“We also recognise the need to deliver even further improvements for a range of vulnerable children and young people to ensure that all children in Herefordshire are able to make the most of their education.”
Jo Davidson, Herefordshire Council director for children’s wellbeing, said: “A key priority for the council is protecting children and giving them a great start in life and a successful education system plays a critical role in achieving this.
“We have strengths in Herefordshire, which can be further built on including a high percentage of children which attend Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding schools, early years settings and colleges; commitment from leaders and staff working in education and a range of good exam results and progress over the past year.”
The strategic plan, which is being considered by Cabinet today (Thursday 13 November), is available on the council’s website at http://bit.ly/1wSTFHP.