Friday, 12 June 2015

Education In Reading: Public Consultation

AMBITIOUS plans to bring Reading within the top 25 per cent of local authority areas for educational achievement for youngsters are now out for consultation.

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 potential.

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 outstanding.
  •         70 per cent of our 16-year-olds achieving Level 2 equivalent of five A*-C  GCSEs 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 country.

Reading’s education strategy, which will sit within the council’s Corporate Plan, is contained within three draft documents:

·         Reading 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 by 2018.

·         School 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.

·         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 progress.   
The documents are now available online at here for residents to read and give their comments by July 17th.

See also Education: A New Strategy For Reading

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