While strategies are necessarily high-level, as you would expect any vision to be, moving forward everything we do in education will be linked back to the four priorities of the Education Strategy and the commitments that sit underneath them.
The Strategy sets the direction of travel and provides a vision that everyone involved in education can understand, but it is really important that the priorities and commitments translate into tangible activity that improve the delivery of education for the benefit of our young people.
Below we highlight just some of the many workstreams and activities currently happening across education and their link to the Strategy.
Equity, Safety and Inclusivity
- - All schools are aiming to achieve a minimum of a silver award as part of the UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools programme
- - Curriculum reviews taking place in all schools
- - Internal review of inclusion and equality practices in all schools
- - Joint working with Health & Social Care and Employment & Social Security to investigate integrated services for children and families
- - Joint work with Health & Social Care to focus on children in care
- - Programme of work to focus on improving attendance in all settings
- - Ensure delivery of recommendations from the nasen SEND review (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
High quality learning and excellent outcomes
- - Developing a framework to ensure the consistent teaching of literacy across all education settings
- - Implementing national programme of Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) across all early years settings
- - Review of maths delivery across all settings which will lead to more responsive teaching of this core subject.
- - Development of new annual Career Professional Development programme for all staff
- - Examining the potential to introduce a Crown Dependencies early years curriculum.
Meeting the needs of our community
- - Widescale digital CPD programme planned for staff to develop use and effectiveness of digital within learning
- - Implementation of COVID-19 education recovery plan
- - Continued development of the Education Strategy Network of aspiring leaders and further engagement with the Youth Forum to ensure young people's voice continues to be heard.
- - New assessment policy to ensure that settings measure what is important when looking at student outcomes and act where needed.
- - Implementation of improved service level agreements (SLA) with partner organisations to ensure positive outcomes and value for money.
- - Introduction of regular student and parent/carer surveys across all settings.
Outstanding leadership and governance
- - Investment in non-class-based SENCOs (special educational needs coordinators) as leaders to focus on securing better outcomes for young people with additional needs.
- - Introduction of Leadership Development Strategy to ensure consistent pipeline of high-quality senior staff with a focus on succession planning.
- - Introduction of interim governance meetings which will lead to the development of a new model of governance
- - Development of new Education Law to be submitted to the States Assembly for debate during 2023.
- - Annual report on progress against commitments within the Education Strategy, which will be published on website each year.