Councillor proposes new umbrella model for Birmingham schools

By on 12/07/2012 in Cllr Jones, News

Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, has proposed a new umbrella model for Birmingham schools.

The plans would form an overarching co-operative trust to encompass the Birmingham family of schools to form a new umbrella model.

Plans involve working with schools to design an alternative offer which adds value and support to each individual school, without disrupting those on a chosen organisational path or its current networking arrangements.

The umbrella model will be shaped by the founding principles:
•    To create a trust based on cooperative principles
•    To build this from the strengths of current partnerships and consortia
•    For schools to be the principle partners along with the Local Authority
•    To potentially harness the expertise of local universities and business communities, such as the Chamber of Commerce or the LEP, as partners
•    To give it a level of school improvement rigour that would make it an excellent home for struggling schools
•    To protect staff pay and conditions
•    Not to force schools down any route – staying with current arrangements will remain an option for all schools.

Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “Rather than allow a national tide to tear-up our supportive structures, I propose we work with teachers and learners, schools parents and governors to form a new, added value, overarching co-operative trust.

“I hope schools will be keen to be involved in this new approach and believe this is the best way forward for working together in the future. It's important to remind head teachers that they can choose to belong to this new model. I welcome ideas on how this should work for the success of all.”

Birmingham city council openly welcomes working with its stakeholders to discuss how each area will be shared and shaped at all phases.  For more information about how the umbrella model will work and its involvement please contact (add contact?).

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