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New blueprint published for Liverpool school improvement

12/07/2013 Joanna
A new report has been published outlining measures staff in education jobs in Liverpool can take to raise attainment levels among the city's pupils.

Education services in Liverpool were almost privatised in 1999, but schools there have subsequently shown substantial improvement, with 83 per cent of them currently rated as good or better by Ofsted.

Nonetheless, around two out of five pupils in the city still do not leave school with at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including in English and maths, which is roughly in line with the national average.

This includes two thirds of Liverpool's children eligible for free school meals and more than five out of six who have been in care.

Mayor Joe Anderson therefore established the Liverpool Education Commission last year to consult with schools, businesses, arts, cultural and sporting organisations, faith groups, governors, parents and pupils on how these issues can be addressed.

The commission has now published a report 'From Better to Best', which sets out 16 principles for further improving schools in the city.

It advocates that the Liverpool Learning Partnership, through which schools collaborate in supporting and challenging each other, be made the city's lead agency in education.

Furthermore, the report carries a recommendation for a 'pupil promise': the development of a local curriculum, building on work with local partners such as cultural institutions, businesses and universities.

Commenting on the commission's proposals, Mr Anderson commented: "I very much welcome and endorse this report, which makes a series of bold but sensible recommendations to identify how we can go further and faster.

"Liverpool has made tremendous strides in education over the last few years, but we must not be complacent and I want every child in the city to achieve their full potential."

With one in five children locally and nationally not reaching national targets for reading attainment, the commission also believes it ought to be made a greater priority for all children to be able to read by the time they leave primary school.

Other measures put forward include setting up an accredited 'Liverpool Teacher Charter Mark', developing a high quality programme of professional development, reviewing teacher training and taking steps to increase diversity among individuals in teacher jobs.

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