Lambeth Education & Learning Strategy
(Report 14/15-157 and
appendix) (Key decision)
The Deputy Leader of
the Council (Policy) introduced the report:
- Councillor Imogen
Walker noted that for the third year running, for every child whose
application was received on time, places had been
provided. This was due to the hard work
of the team, with Peter Scott’s contribution
- The strategy clearly
set out the Council’s high ambitions for education, noting
that it was on top of their agenda.
However, there still remained work to be done, and by 2018 the
Council wanted its schools to all have a ‘good
standard’ or higher.
- Delivery Director for
Education, Learning and Skills said that the strategy had been
created by schools and parents, and was proud of the work achieved,
echoing comments that the importance of education only increased
during times of austerity.
- Councillor Jackie
Meldrum noted that the collaboration of schools, parents, and
Council in transforming the borough’s educational facilities
over the last 5-10 years. Early
intervention, as factored into the report, was essential for
helping vulnerable persons. She also
mentioned that Councillor Jack Hopkins had praised the strategy for
working with businesses in the area.
- Councillor Jim
Dickson raised the need to understand improvements over the last 10
years and that a study was needed to locate the factors in success;
most important was the sharing of information across schools, so
that standards rose across the board, not just in a few select
institutions. He noted that it was
disappointing that despite recent funding to Trinity Academy Free
School, it had seen declining applications.
- The Delivery Director
for Education, Learning and Skills finalised by noting that STEM
was key to good schooling, but that a broad and balanced approach
was needed. The report has highlighted
that collaboration had been good in Lambeth, with all schools
encouraged to work in clusters, including the free schools, so this
was to be expected of future free schools also. There was also feedback between Lambeth Council
and the Department for Education about places with a good model
free school (Vanguard) in development; and a that Trinity Academy
was working carefully with stakeholders to bring greater pupil
That the Education and Learning
Strategy 2015-18 be agreed.