City faces ‘unique’ mi­gra­tion chal­lenge says schools re­view

Wide-rang­ing re­port sets out rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion in Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728 “It is time that the city council took this mat­ter much more se­ri­ously.”

A re­view into ed­u­ca­tion in Peter­bor­ough has con­cluded that the city faces a “unique set of chal­lenges” due to high lev­els of mi­gra­tion.

A “per­fect storm” is how city council port­fo­lio holder for ed­u­ca­tion, Cllr Lynne Ayres, de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion in Peter­bor­ough’s schools as she laid out a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove results.

How­ever, the re­port was swiftly crit­i­cised by Labour’s council group leader Cllr Ed Mur­phy who said the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion should put the au­thor­ity into spe­cial mea­sures and take on its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Cllr Ayres said: “There is a need for us all to unite and work to­gether to address the is­sues that we face and to en­sure a bold ed­u­ca­tional strat­egy across the whole au­thor­ity area.”

The re­port was com­mis­sioned af­ter Peter­bor­ough was ranked sec­ond bot­tom out of 152 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Eng­land fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of SATS results.

Rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude es­tab­lish­ing a Strate­gic Board for Ed­u­ca­tion, Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills and em­ploy­ing a data an­a­lyst at the council.

Wendi Ogle-Wel­bourn, ex­ec­u­tive director: peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, said the council had not done “as well as we should have done” with re­spond­ing to the “churn” in Peter­bor­ough as the au­thor­ity should have been bet­ter at tar­get­ing the areas most af­fected.

Speak­ing about the fu­ture ap­point­ment of a data an­a­lyst, she said: “When we have got the data we will see the in­year churn. What I would want to do is meet with a group of schools af­fected by the churn and work out how to min­imise the im­pact.”

Cllr Mur­phy added: “It is time that the city council took this mat­ter much more se­ri­ously and had an all-party ap­proach with a chair of the com­mit­tee and cabi­net spokesper­son who have the con­fi­dence of the whole council and are not just paid lack­eys of the in­com­pe­tent leader who him­self had the ed­u­ca­tion port­fo­lio as schools got worse and hit bot­tom of the league ta­bles.”

North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “I wel­come this re­port and it is good that we now have an ev­i­dence-based as­sess­ment

“There is a need for us all to unite and work to­gether.” Cllr Lynne Ayres

Newark Hill Academy which this year re­ceived a ‘good’ rat­ing from Of­sted

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