YSAB Education Recovery
- Meeting of Children, Education and Communities Policy and Scrutiny Committee, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 5.30 pm (Item 4.)
- View the declarations of interest for item 4.
This presentation updates the Committee on York’s Education Recovery Strategy.
Members considered a presentation that updated them on York’s education recovery.
The Chief Executive of the Hope Learning Trust was in attendance to provide an update. During her presentation, the Chief Executive informed Members that the Education Futures Group, made up of Head teachers from primary, secondary and special phases, local authority representatives and Multi-Academy Trust representatives, would:
· develop a city-wide education plan;
· support schools and families to ‘catch-up’, following any lost learning;
· ensure the education offer for the future met children’s individual needs;
· have an integrated approach, with services working together.
The Chief Executive highlighted the importance of working together to ensure the right approach and resources were in place to ensure:
· high quality teaching for all;
· targeted academic support;
· wider strategies to support, early years, gaps in learning, enrichment, wellbeing and extending the ‘school experience’.
It was also noted that:
· A survey had been launched across the city to all children, school staff, parents and carers asking for their views.
· The themes and strategies that were starting to develop included a common language approach for teaching and learning, additional tutoring and targeted interventions, specific continuing professional development (CPD) training programmes for staff, speech and language development in early years settings and reading and writing developments.
· The gaps within special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) had become bigger, locally and nationally and the Trust would be working to ensure the right strategies would be implemented for those children.
Members questions were answered by the Chief Executive and the Assistant Director of Education and Skills relating to targeted academic support, good quality teaching, those not in education, employment or training (NEET), the wider strategies, government announcements/funding, the working together approach and youth mental health, it was noted that:
· Targeted academic support was dependant on the individual and schools would be considering their capacity to deliver more specific interventions to support individuals/groups.
· High quality teaching should be set as standard and made available for all students, particularly those that required it most.
· Children had missed their friends and social activities but following government announcements, schools would hopefully be running as normal from September and would work with cultural partners and community groups across the city to develop in school enrichment programmes.
· The government funding allocation was based on 60% of the number of children that were pupil premium and there was a fixed fee for mainstream schools. The funding allocation did not have to be spent on the pupil that attracted pupil premium, it was for the school to decide the best fit around evidence based targeted interventions.
· A common city language approach across all schools would be developed to support teaching and teaching strategies.
· Schools must ensure their messaging around interventions was correct, to promote a culture of achievement and minimise any potential stigma.
The Chief Executive and her staff were thanked for their continued support and work throughout an incredibly challenging year.
Resolved: That the update be noted and that the outcomes of the survey be emailed to Members.
Reason: To keep Members updated on the recovery plans.
[An adjournment took place between 6:12pm and 6:20pm]