Vision and Objectives
We are focused on improving outcomes for all children, young people and families in Worcestershire. Our ambition is to see more children and young people achieving their full potential in education and being fully prepared to live happy, healthy, independent and prosperous adult lives.
Keeping children and young people safe is a key priority for this Council and its partners. When the only safe option, for those vulnerable children and young people most at risk, is to come into our care, we will focus our efforts on providing a positive care experience in order for them to thrive and achieve their maximum potential.
Children and young people achieving their full potential in education
Our services are designed to give children and young people the best possible start in life. Whilst the landscape of education provision continues to evolve at a national level, (e.g. the formation of academies or free schools), we are focused on ensuring it delivers positive outcomes and attainment for our children and young people. We will continue to play an essential role in managing and coordinating the school system across the county and ensuring education provision remains fit for purpose.
- strive to ensure Worcestershire schools provide high quality
education for all children and young people (Ofsted rated “good” or “outstanding”)
- provide adequate capacity by creating the right number of school places to respond to parental preference
- support successful schools to expand in an appropriate form, to meet housing growth
- support our children and young people in achieving good attainment and realising their potential
- continue to lobby central government to ensure fairer funding for our Worcestershire schools
We recognise that performance at Key Stage 4 in Worcestershire is good especially when compared with the regional and national average performance. However, we will not become complacent and will seek further improvement, but a key focus for us will be on improving performance at Key Stage 2.
We will also focus our efforts on improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged learners including care leavers and create a culture of lifelong learning by working closely with partners, communities and learners to sustain good access to learning resources and experiences.
More young people moving successfully into employment
We will actively encourage young people to prepare for their adult life by focusing on helping them to reach their full potential in education and to progress into employment. We will promote the importance of gaining employment and the positive impact this has on their future health and well-being.
In addition to schools, we will seek to connect education and training providers, colleges and the university with local businesses so they work together to prepare all young people for the world of work. Children and young people will have access to the right information, advice and guidance about the career options available to them.
We are also committed to the development of a University Technical College (UTC) in Worcestershire,recognising the important role this can play in supporting our Open for Business ambitions to create a better skilled workforce in key value-added economic sectors; and promoting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector skills to improve young people’s prospects of future employability.
Safeguarding at the heart of everything we do
Keeping children and young people safe is a key priority for this Council and for our partners.
We are fully committed to child protection and will do everything we can to keep children safe and stable; and wherever possible promote these principles within their own family to minimise the intervention needed. When the only safe option for those vulnerable children and young people most at risk is to come into care, we will focus our efforts on providing a positive care experience for them, and improving their life chances.
We will focus our efforts on ensuring they have the right placement and will progress their long term care plan as soon as possible in order for them to thrive and achieve their maximum potential. We will shape, develop and support our workforce to ensure that we meet this challenge.
How will we judge progress?
- Improve educational attainment
- School place planning – increase firstchoice success rate and ensure adequate capacity to meet growth
- Reduce the amount of time that children spend in our care
- Improving the outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged learners including care leavers
- The number of schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding