Trou­bleshoot­ers ‘will be chance to raise stan­dards’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A GOV­ERN­MENT min­is­ter has de­fended send­ing trou­bleshoot­ers to Kent to boost class­room stan­dards at 33 of the county’s poor­est per­form­ing secondary schools. Ver­non Coaker, the schools min­is­ter, said the de­ci­sion, which pro­voked a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal row with Kent County Coun­cil, was the right one as it gave all in­volved a chance to re­flect on how stan­dards could be driven up. He was speak­ing af­ter a visit to schools in Gravesend. A re­port set­ting out what ex­pert ad­vis­ers be­lieve needs to be done to help Kent schools on the gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Chal­lenge ini­tia­tive be­cause they are not get­ting enough pupils to pass GCSEs is due to be pub­lished in the New Year. Mr Coaker said: “One of the ben­e­fits of the re­view is that it gives all of us a chance to re­flect and con­sider what we are do­ing and whether there is more that could be done. “We will end up with an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan that works and that can build on the progress that has been made so we can see stan­dards at ev­ery sin­gle school im­prove.” He wel­comed the co-op­er­a­tion of KCC with the re­view of its schools, say­ing: “We are very happy with the co-op­er­a­tion we have had and be­lieve that we will be able to come for­ward with a plan that will con­tinue and sus­tain the progress that is be­ing made.” At the time of the gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion, KCC leader Cllr Paul Carter said it amounted to a “kick in the guts” to the 33 schools, a third of which had al­ready passed the Gov­ern­ment’s tar­get for 30 per cent of stu­dents to get five or more good GCSEs.

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