New strategy to help all Lancashire children reach their full potential
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
A new strategy has set out how all children in Lancashire will be helped to reach their full potential.
The county already has much to celebrate in terms of educational outcomes with most children doing well academically in school settings.
The new strategy seeks to build on this good performance to ensure all children get the very best from their education whatever their background.
It has been drawn up by Lancashire County Council following consultation with headteacher representative groups, Diocesan and faith groups, governing body representatives and early years providers.
The aims of the strategy include:
• Championing the most vulnerable by further developing ties between services, agencies and wider stakeholders;
• Ensuring timely early help to unblock barriers to learning, including robust early help assessments;
• Supporting and engaging with families;
• Developing learning pathways to enable all children and young people to engage with the curriculum;
• Reducing exclusions, persistent absence and elective home education where it is not in the best interests of the child or young person;
• Supporting all young people to develop the skills to progress in to training and work opportunities.
Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "We know that most pupils do well in our schools and that we compare very favourably with other similar authorities in terms of attainment.
"However our aspiration is high for all children and young people, regardless of their starting point, and we acknowledge that as a large and diverse county, some children currently do better than others.
"This strategy seeks to address this and will make a very positive contribution towards advancing equality of opportunity for all.
"By working with schools, governors and partner organisations we can make a real difference and help young people in Lancashire reach their full potential."
The strategy is due to be presented to members of the county council's cabinet at their meeting tomorrow, Thursday, December 2, where it is expected to be approved.
For more information about the Lancashire Education Strategy 2022-25 visit Report to Cabinet or Cabinet Committee (lancashire.gov.uk) / Appendix A.pdf (lancashire.gov.uk)