Schools annual report highlights improvement and future plans

26 Jan 2017

Improvement in early years education and major regeneration projects are some of the highlights of the latest annual report on education and skills in Northumberland.

 

The council’s director of education and skills outlined a number of key strengths within Northumberland’s schools and the work that the authority is doing to support future improvements.

 

The past twelve months have been characterised by investment in regeneration projects in Alnwick, Bedlington, Prudhoe and Ashington with future investment identified for a new school on the current County Hall site in Morpeth.

 

The report also focused on future challenges.  These include an increase of small first and primary schools being judged to require special measures, pressures on recruitment of teachers, the national funding formula and delivering a high quality educational environment for young people.

 

In Prudhoe and Bedlington brand new high schools have been constructed on time and to the highest specifications. In Ponteland a major new project is about to start building two new schools and a new school will be built in Morpeth.

 

In Alnwick, the Council has committed significant additional funding to building a fantastic new school, which houses pupils in state of the art new accommodation. The school will use temporary accommodation for a few months, suitable to meet the needs of the pupils, to finally complete the project.

 

Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said:  “We are working with schools across the county to provide support for improvement, but there is still much to do. Providing the best possible educational environment for the young people in our county is a priority for us.

 

“We continue to challenge and work with school leaders so that they can support students and help them to achieve the very highest standards.”

 

The annual report is the third from the director of education and skills, Andy Johnson, who added:  “Improving the quality of education is a central part of the council’s regeneration plans.

 

“There have been some significant improvements in Northumberland in the last year. However we must continuously focus on improving education especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

 

“By working together we can drive forward the changes to our education system and help the county become more successful, cohesive and prosperous.”