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Cabinet Agrees Redesign Of County Council Education Services

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Article created on 9th November 2012

Worcestershire County Council''s Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to redesign the current learning and achievement services it provides to schools across the county.

The County Council''s services have been affected by a range of national and local policy changes recently including the conversion of maintained schools to academies and changes to special educational needs. Cabinet last June, as part of its wider BOLD programme, agreed to consult on changes that would provide a more integrated and efficient service which focuses on core services including supporting vulnerable children and young people. 

Following consultation this summer with County Council staff, schools and other stakeholders, Cabinet today have agreed to a series of changes including reducing the number of managers and increasing frontline resources in areas that support the most vulnerable. Staff will work across the whole age range of 0 to 19 to ensure children and young people are supported smoothly from pre-school to moving on from education.

Councillor Jane Potter, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "The role of the County Council''s learning and achievement service is changing from one of taking the lead, to one of supporting schools and other education establishments in taking the lead to deliver improved outcomes.

"The changes Cabinet have approved will help us to hold schools, early years settings and colleges to account more effectively for the delivery of high quality provision and to ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable learners are met."

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