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County council to review education standards in schools

Published
05.07.2019

At Gloucestershire County Council’s meeting on 26th June, councillors agreed to look more closely at the quality of education in county’s schools.

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The motion, proposed by Cllr Lesley Williams MBE, gained support from across the chamber, and a report will be presented to Children and Family’s Scrutiny later this year. It stated:

Every child in Gloucestershire deserves the best education possible and the council recognises that the county has some schools that give children an education that equips them for the best possible start in life. However this Council should also recognise that some schools do not meet the required standard to deliver a high quality education.

Gloucestershire County Council has a key role in the education of all young people in the county.

The motion asked for the cabinet member to provide a report to Children and Families Scrutiny Committee on the attainment and achievement of students living and educated in the county, providing an analysis by home district and division. This report will form the basis of the county council’s response to the changing need of schools across Gloucestershire.

Cllr Lesley Williams MBE, leader of the Labour group at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “Making sure every child in the county has access to a good standard of education is important. They are our future and we must look after them, so I am very pleased that the county council supported my motion.”

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, said, “The quality of education in the county determines how prepared our youngest residents are for the future. We need to make sure every child receives the same starting point and the same opportunities to flourish. I am happy to look into this further and report back to scrutiny.”

Cllr Eva Ward, Green group representative at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “We were pleased to support this timely motion and the opportunity to examine both the quality of education for all Gloucestershire children and equality of provision across the county.”

Full Council motions are available here

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