Education and Skills strategy approved at Cabinet

Children sitting in a circle Published Thursday, 26th September 2019

Worcestershire’s vision for ensuring every child across the county receives a good education has been approved at a County Council Cabinet meeting.

The Education and Skills strategy, outlines the 7 clear objectives, that once met, will help ensure each child across Worcestershire is able to thrive in education and reach their full potential.

The seven objectives are:

  • Highly motivated, well performing and ambitious education providers – reverse a long-term trend across the county, reduce exclusions and create positive, sustainable arrangements that children will benefit from.
  • A curriculum and approach which inspires – introducing a broader teaching curriculum that goes beyond exam preparation
  • More education places in good or outstanding provisions
  • Improved capacity, skills and knowledge surrounding our vulnerable learners - change and review support systems and approaches to accelerate the achievement and progress of vulnerable learners.
  • Training and the education workforce
  • Improved Social Mobility for all Children and Young People
  • Building skills for our future workforce - preparing young people to be global citizens as well as contributing to the future economy

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills said: “The approval of this strategy is a real showcase of our commitment to continually improving education for every child across Worcestershire and ensuring they have all they need to reach their full potential. 

I’d like to thank all of the partners that have contributed to this strategy, a clear vision and clear collaboration will be crucial going forward.”

The strategy has been written with input from the newly-formed Education and Skills Strategic Group.

The Group included headteachers from Worcestershire’s first/primary, middle, secondary and special schools, representatives from further education colleges, the University of Worcester and Worcestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership and the Council.

It is hoped that the strategy will encourage a change in the education environment in Worcestershire and will foster greater collaboration.

Worcestershire County Council, through Worcestershire Children First, will play its part in brokering effective collaborations and where appropriate, share information to improve outcomes.

The strategy will run until 2024, when it will be reviewed.