Council calls for school teamwork

Wakefield town hall
Wakefield town hall

Council bosses are urging schools to work together to improve standards and performance at schools across the district.

A report to Wakefield Council’s cabinet this week discussed the council’s role in supporting schools now more have converted to academies.

The report looked at the ‘Securing Good’ programme which the council launched last September to encourage schools to share best practice.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The whole landscape of education is changing fast and we are now in a position where the local authority no longer runs all the schools in this district.

“We have to accept the growing number of academies and work with them to make sure that everyone involved in providing education in this district is doing the very best they can to give pupils a solid foundation for the future,

“We want to see all children leaving primary school equipped with the skills and learning they need to achieve their full potential when they get to high school.”

There are now 38 academies in the district with a further ten set to convert.

In 2011 the authority was among the worst in the country based on the number of 11-year-olds reaching the expected levels of English and maths in SAT exams.

But council bosses say the schools improvement programme has already seen the proportion of pupils attending good or outstanding primary schools rise to 62 per cent from 52 per cent.