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Bid to get all schools to boost standards

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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HEAD teachers and governors across Burton are being challenged to make sure every child is taught in a school that is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by education chiefs.

Bosses at Staffordshire County Council outlined the efforts as part of its new learning and skill strategy.

Now, parents are being urged to play their part by demanding the highest standards from schools and a top-class education for their children in a bid to secure higher ratings from Ofsted.

Ben Adams, county council cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “Every child deserves a good education. It’s a necessity for our young people to access good jobs and live healthier, happier and independent lives.

“We have huge ambitions for Staffordshire and for the future prosperity of our people.

“That is why this new approach challenges every one of our 400 schools to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, but it also recognises that educating young people to take advantage of the skilled and hi-tech job opportunities in the county involves more than obtaining academic qualifications.

“A good education also raises aspirations, provides personal skills young adults need to communicate and prosper in the real world and offers good, balanced careers guidance from an early age.”

Efforts to raise standards will include buying practical support for schools through the public private partnership Entrust, enhancing governor expertise and providing parents with more information about school performance and the choices that pupils face.

Councillor Adams added: “We need to collectively raise the bar and demand more, starting with the county council, schools and teachers, to parents and pupils themselves.

“Make no mistake, striving to be among the very best in the country will take hard work, but I am excited about the future because I believe in that our approach in Staffordshire is unique and is one that will make a real difference to the lives our children will lead.”

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