Haringey Council pledges to ensure that all schools in the borough are rated Good or Outstanding within three years

Publication date: Thursday 14 February 2013

Haringey Council has today committed to work more strategically with its 80 primary, secondary and special schools - and has promised that performance at all formal assessment stages will dramatically rise by 2016.

The commitment comes on the back of findings and recommendations made by independent education commission “Outstanding for All”, established last April by Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober.

The Commission, chaired by Dame Anna Hassan, was asked to map out future schooling in the borough and recommend radical proposals to accelerate the pace of school improvement.

Presenting the Commission’s findings and recommendations to an audience of local head teachers, governors, parents and students at Woodside High School in Wood Green, Dame Anna said that the Commission’s overriding conclusion was that there is urgent work to be done. She said:

“Some of the priorities relate to the changing and uncertain circumstances faced by all local authorities, but the majority are about putting in place effective systems that are the essential bedrock of good working relationships between the council and schools, effective planning, high quality leadership, systematic communication, clarity about roles, and responsibilities, regular review and evaluation.”

Council Leader Claire Kober welcomed the Commission’s report and findings and promised that Haringey parents, pupils and schools would see further change in the coming months and years. Cllr Kober said:

“We want all our schools to be Good or Outstanding and together we are all clearly making progress on this. 82 percent of secondary school children in Haringey now attend an Outstanding or Good school, compared with 72 percent this time last year. In addition, 66 percent of primary school children in the borough now attend an Outstanding or Good school, compared with 55 percent this time last year.

“Our next step will be to appoint an external Education Champion by April, who will work with us to deliver the Commission’s recommendations. In addition we’ll hold regular public meetings with parents and we’ll be commissioning an external advocacy service to offer independent support and advice for parents on a range of issues including schools admissions, exclusions and special needs. As part of our commitment to ensuring that parents have the support and information they need in order to make the right decisions for their children, we’ll also be publishing detailed and transparent information about the performance of each school and the council.

"These important steps will form part of the overall Delivery Plan for how we address the recommendations made the by Commission and ensure continued improvement.

“We’ll be accountable to schools, transparent with parents, target driven and we’ll use data better to strategically support schools.”

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