Birmingham’s vision for education unveiled

By on 06/02/2012 in News

An ambitious plan for the future of education in Birmingham is to go before the city council's cabinet.

The Vision for Education report sets out the key elements of the school improvement strategy, which will go to cabinet on 13 February.

The strategy document looks at three core principles for a child's future: access to educational excellence; access to future jobs and opportunities; and a healthy, safe and supportive environment.

Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said; “Birmingham schools have performed well in the face of previous school improvement challenges. Overall school performance is equal to or ahead of that of other core cities, including London.

“However, there remains variability in terms of individual school performance. Our aim is that all children and young people have the best possible opportunities and we know more can be done to secure further improvement.

“We are working with our outstanding head teachers who are either national or local 'leaders in education', and we will use this expertise to support schools that need further help.”

A primary school improvement group and secondary school-to-school partnership group were established in June 2011, aiming to provide immediate support to schools deemed most vulnerable and ensuring a city-wide, coherent approach to improvement activities.

The report says that academies will be an option for schools where there is a history of underperformance and where a range of strategies have been tried unsuccessfully.

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