OLDHAM COUNCIL is investing £1million in vital work to implement the recommendations of a new independent report into how to raise local education standards.
The Oldham Education and Skills Commission (OESC) published its findings earlier this month following an 18-month review led by Estelle Morris, the former education secretary.
The report makes 19 recommendations and set out a vision for Oldham to create a ‘self-improving’ education system where schools, colleges and all interested parties work together in a new partnership to drive up standards across the board.
A report approved by Cabinet in January means £1 million is now to be allocated to the project by the local authority over four financial years.
This funding will be used to provide support and resources to make progress on the recommendations, including the identification of a partnership body to manage the implementation of an action plan.
A sum of £250,000 is being allocated immediately to help schools begin working towards the introduction of the new model for the start of the new 2016/7 academic year in September.
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It is vital to keep up the momentum from the recent launch of the OSEC report.
“Education performance is absolutely key to our borough’s ambitions for future economic development and this funding means work can start on creating the new partnership model which the commissioners recommended for Oldham.
“That is a new self-improving education system where partners take a collective responsibility for improving all of our schools and colleges by working more closely together and sharing insight, data and resources.
“It is also one where education must become “everyone’s business” which also means more active roles for families, employers, community leaders and groups.
“Some of the OESC report recommendations are already being implemented. We did not wait for the report’s publication to get started and there have already been improvements in the past year with six schools and the Lifelong Learning Service all judged outstanding, plus an increase in the number of schools judged to be ‘good’.”
The 84-page report can be downloaded from the OESC website at www.oesc.org.uk. An ‘ebook’ version with video clips and suitable for tablet devices is also available.