City pulls together to boost education standards

A city-wide partnership bringing all of Brighton & Hove’s education community together to further improve standards could be set up this summer.

Many of the city’s schools are already sharing best practice and getting great ideas from each other about how to improve standards.

However, it’s felt that the proposed Brighton & Hove Education Partnership would be able to do more to harness the hard work, excellent leadership and high quality teaching that already exists in the city.

The Partnership would include not just the city’s schools and academies, but also the council, the universities, further education colleges and church dioceses.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said:

“We’re proud that education standards in Brighton & Hove are already above average nationally, both at primary and secondary level.

“But there’s no time for complacency. We want to see further improvements so that all our children are getting the best possible education.

“The Education Partnership would help everyone tap into the expertise and energy of all our schools and staff to address key priorities for children and young people.

“This is about accelerating academic progress across the city, leading to better exam results and overall outcomes for our children and young people.

“Where there are areas that need improving, things would happen more quickly if everyone could work together on them.

“The Partnership would be led by all of the city’s education community. It would improve communications and help maintain and develop the ‘whole city family’ of education.”

The children, young people and skills committee on Monday 6 March is being asked to approve plans to launch the Partnership in the summer term, with a view to fine-tuning its operation over the following year based on feedback from the city’s education community.