Leader welcomes education secretary to Birmingham

By on 27/01/2012 in News

Birmingham's ambitious vision for education in the city was presented to secretary of state Michael Gove during an official visit today.

Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby had a private meeting with the secretary of state for education before talks with education officials.

“I am delighted to welcome the secretary of state, Michael Gove, to Birmingham today,” he said.

“Today is about making a clear commitment to the secretary of state, and to the people of Birmingham, that we believe Birmingham should - and will - be synonymous with educational excellence.

“We want all our children and young people to have the best education and will strive to eradicate under-performance in any of our schools. Looking particularly at the new tools and freedoms available to us, such as academies, free schools and university technical colleges - Birmingham is saying today that these exciting forms of provision will become an integral part of our approach to school improvement – where autonomy and school-to-school support combine to drive up standards.

“We know in Birmingham we have many examples of excellence when it comes to providing education, but equally we have a number of areas where we need to do better. With the support of the government, and the support of our schools, today I am saying we will do just that.”

The vision for education 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.

Education secretary Michael Gove said: “I am delighted that Birmingham local authority is embracing the vital reforms that are taking place in our education system. Today's statement from the Leader of the Council, Mike Whitby, shows a real passion and determination to create world-class schools in this great city, and to tackle underperformance head on.”

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