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Weekly Edition - Published  6 October 2016

 

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Education experts to work on Liverpool Challenge

2 nationally respected educational experts are to work with schools in Liverpool to further drive up attainment in the City. Sir Tim Brighouse, a former Schools Commissioner of London widely credited with transforming education standards in the capital, will be visiting every secondary school in Liverpool over the next 2 years in a project designed to highlight and share the best teaching and learning in the City. Steve Munby, Chief Executive of Education Development Trust, who has worked in the City Region and for national Government, will offer independent advice, guidance and support to schools. Their work will form part of the Liverpool Challenge, launched earlier this year by Mayor Joe Anderson to drive up standards, Chaired by former education minister for school standards, shadow secretary of state for education and West Derby MP Stephen Twigg.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, employment and skills, Councillor Nick Small, said:- "Liverpool schools have lots to be proud of and this year's provisional GCSE results showed a seven percent rise in pupils getting good grades including English and maths, in contrast to a national dip. That is down to a huge amount of hard work from pupils, teachers, our school improvement team and the focus we are all putting on driving up standards. But in a changing world we can't stand still and we must keep relentlessly challenging ourselves to do even better so that we are giving our children the skills to enable them to get into the jobs in sectors where we know there will be growth in the future. We want to concentrate very much on making sure that we have an education system in Liverpool that meets the city's needs and delivers the skills that employers want and need."

Sir Tim Brighouse said:- "I am looking forward to learning from each and every school in Liverpool and then sharing the outcomes amongst all the Schools. It is by sharing interesting and successful practice and of respecting the difference teachers and support staff make to youngsters' life chances that Liverpool will become even better. I am in no doubt that the City has schools energetically committed to improving on their already impressive previous best."

Steve Munby, Chief Executive Officer of Education Development Trust, said:- "I feel privileged to be working on this important initiative, along with Sir Tim Brighouse. Liverpool is a City I know well and I am convinced that by working in a focused way across schools, building on the great practice in each School, we can achieve significant success for the young people of the City."

Stephen Twigg MP said:- "As a local MP, I know about the amazing work that goes on in our schools and the difference that the teaching and support staff make to the lives of pupils. I know that Sir Tim and Steve will bring fresh eyes and a new perspective to the work of the Liverpool Challenge."

Elaine Rees, CEO of Liverpool Learning Partnership; which represents all education sectors and learners in the City - said:- "There are so many great things going on across all schools in our City. In the Liverpool Learning Partnership, we look forward to working with colleagues in Liverpool Challenge on key issues like attendance and ensuring the City's rich cultural offer makes a difference to every child and young person."

 

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