To note and comment on the progress made by the Educational Attainment Member Working Group. Cabinet are also asked to consider for approval the recommendations made by the Member Working Group, support their development into a costed action plan and consider approving continuation of the group to facilitate this work.
Councillor Bell outlined the report which presented the progress and recommendations made by the Educational Attainment Member Working Group.
The Group had been established to examine the inequalities in educational attainment across Warwickshire, following submission of a motion to Full Council in July 2022.
Councillor Bell provided some background to the Group which had been chaired by Councillor Brett Beetham and explained that the Group’s work had been held up slightly due to the period of national mourning. She explained that whilst the Group had made good progress, it was felt that further discussions were required and the report requested permission for the Group to continue to meet. She highlighted the next steps that the Group hoped to make as detailed on page 110 of the document pack. These included visits to schools, a focus on mental health support in schools and encouraging the take up of free school meals.
Councillor Seccombe expressed her thanks to the Group for taking on the work.
Councillor Morgan added his support to the report and agreed that it was important to get underneath the data and find out where the problems really were. He also suggested that the George Eliot School in Nuneaton was a good example of a school that had improved from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ under Ofsted.
Councillor Bell thanked Members for their support and proposed the recommendations as laid out.
1. the progress made by the Educational Attainment Member Working Group, be noted;
2. the recommendations made by the Member Working Group, as set out in Section 3 of the report are approved, and the development of those recommendations into a costed action plan is supported; and
the continuation of the Member Working Group is approved, to enable it to gather further evidence and to develop the costed action plan for consideration by Cabinet.