AMBITIOUS plans to bring Reading within the top 25 per cent
of local authority areas for educational achievement for youngsters are now out
Schools have been looking at three draft documents which set
out a vision for education in the borough and establish a clear set of
aspirations and actions to achieve by 2018.
The proposals include the establishment of The Reading First
Education Partnership which will work to ensure children and young people
across the borough are given equal opportunity to achieve to their full
The aims of the Educational Achievement and School
Improvement Strategy by the end of the 2017/18 academic year include:
Every child will attend a school, children’s
centre or early years setting which is good or outstanding.
Every school governing body is considered to be
good or outstanding.
There is a strong school to school improvement
service which engages with every school in Reading.
Every school is able to recruit high quality
teachers for their children and all teaching will be consistently good or
70 per cent of our 16-year-olds achieving Level
2 equivalent of five A*-CGCSEs
including English and mathematics or equivalent.
90 per cent of young people achieving A*-C in
English and mathematics.
Children with special educational needs, looked
after children and youngsters from black and minority ethnic families will be
in the top 25 per cent of their peers nationally.
The number of young people not in education,
employment or training (NEET) on leaving school will be among the lowest in the
Reading’s education strategy, which will sit within the
council’s Corporate Plan, is contained within three draft documents:
Raising Attainment Strategy 2015 – 2018 which sets out a vision for
education in Reading, including placing the borough within the top 25 per cent
of local authority areas for educational achievement for children and young
people and for every school and early years setting to be good or outstanding
Standards in Reading which establishes the Reading First Education
Partnership which includes Reading Borough Council, schools and other key
partners such as the University of Reading.
School Effectiveness Strategy 2014 – 2018 which proposes an assessment of
the position and the targets of each school along with systems to track their
The documents are now available online at here for residents to read and give their comments by July 17th.