Coun­cil’s award for its sup­port of young­sters

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

CHESHIRE East Coun­cil is lead­ing the way in the North West’s quest to get school leavers into fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment.

The coun­cil won the ac­co­lade of hav­ing the fewest young peo­ple not in Ed­u­ca­tion Em­ploy­ment or Train­ing (NEETs) in the re­gion, and came third na­tion­ally, with the City of Lon­don and Lon­don bor­ough of Wandsworth in first and sec­ond.

Out of 141 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in the bor­ough which have been in­spected un­der ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog Of­sted’s 2012 frame­work, 93.6 per cent were rated good or out­stand­ing.

And the coun­cil has pledged to en­sure ev­ery school leaver will be of­fered a sixth form or col­lege place, or a job with train­ing.

Coun­cil leader Michael Jones, said: “This year we will make of­fers to ev­ery school leaver.

“It will be chal­leng­ing but it is an es­sen­tial part of our ef­forts to make sure that the num­ber of NEETs in Cheshire East is kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum.

“I want to en­sure that the young peo­ple of Cheshire East are given the best pos­si­ble chance to get the skills and train­ing that will en­able them to se­cure well paid jobs and lead ful­fill­ing, re­ward­ing and pro­duc­tive lives.”

Last year the coun­cil made of­fers to nearly 4,000 young peo­ple or 99 per cent of leavers – the high­est ever – as part of what is known as the Septem­ber guar­an­tee process.

But ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil leader, there is still more to be done in boost­ing the qual­ity of schools in the area.

Coun Jones said: “This is a fan­tas­tic ac­co­lade for our schools, but we are not rest­ing on our lau­rels.

“Our aim this year is for 97 per cent of our schools to be rated good or out­stand­ing.

“Par­ents can be very proud of the work be­ing done by heads, teach­ers, coun­cil of­fi­cers and, of course, pupils, to im­prove stan­dards.

“It’s a great time to be a child in Cheshire East be­cause the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion on of­fer cre­ates much greater op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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