New au­thor­ity will help train­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Staff re­porter

Young peo­ple will ben­e­fit from plans by a newly-cre­ated re­gional ed­u­ca­tion body to en­hance train­ing and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties .

The lo­cal au­thor­ity is sup­port­ive of the City Re­gion Ed­u­ca­tion Im­prove­ment Col­lab­o­ra­tive which pro­poses to work in part­ner­ship with seven other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to plan and de­liver a range of re­forms that will raise at­tain­ment and achieve­ment lev­els and im­por­tantly, pro­vide skills-train­ing that meets the needs of em­ploy­ers.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive will also pro­vide support for head­teach­ers, teach­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers to make lo­cal de­ci­sions about im­prov­ing at­tain­ment and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills.

The Im­prove­ment Col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­posed a new struc­ture and gov­er­nance terms at a re­cent meet­ing of the City Re­gion to en­sure that lo­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing and ac­count­abil­ity on ed­u­ca­tion re­form re­mains firmly in the hands of in­di­vid­ual lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The Im­prove­ment Col­lab­o­ra­tive has also rec­om­mended that the body be chaired by a re­gion lead of­fi­cer, ap­pointed by and ac­count­able to the eight lo­cal au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tives.

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil leader Jim Logue said:“We are ex­tremely sup­port­ive of the Ed­u­ca­tion Im­prove­ment Col­lab­o­ra­tive which will un­doubt­edly see lo­cal au­thor­i­ties work­ing to­gether to de­liver a range of projects that will support fam­i­lies and young peo­ple in ed­u­ca­tion, im­prove school at­tain­ment and ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to help­ing grow the econ­omy across the re­gion.

“There is a great deal of work al­ready on­go­ing within schools to support the young peo­ple liv­ing and learn­ing in North La­nark­shire and as­sist­ing them with the skills and con­fi­dence they need to get ready for the world of work.

“The ben­e­fits of work­ing in part­ner­ship with other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to de­velop and de­liver ed­u­ca­tional re­form are clear, how­ever it is vital that de­ci­sions about lo­cal schools and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices are firmly kept within the pa­ram­e­ters of each in­di­vid­ual lo­cal au­thor­ity.

“By agree­ing to the pro­posed new gov­er­nance struc­ture within the Col­lab­o­ra­tive, it means that lo­cal demo­cratic ac­count­abil­ity on de­ci­sions around ed­u­ca­tion re­mains within North La­nark­shire.”

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