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 underway and planned for over 2022/23 across education and their link to the Strategy.
Equity, Safety and Inclusivity
- All schools will achieve the minimum of a silver award as part of the UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools programme
- Review of inclusion and equality practices in all schools
- Joint work 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 positive outcomes for children in care
- Develop a programme to focus on improving attendance in all settings
- Ensure delivery of recommendations from the nasen SEND review (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- Continued focus on ensuring high standards of safeguarding in line with national guidance and best practice
High quality learning and excellent outcomes
- Develop a framework to ensure the consistent teaching of literacy across all education settings
- Continue the development and implementation of curriculum entitlement across all settings
- Implement the national programme of Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) across all early years settings
- Review the maths curriculum across all settings which will ensure continued high quality teaching of this core subject
- Develop an improved early career Professional Development programme for all staff; including initial teacher training
- Examine the potential to introduce a Crown Dependencies early years curriculum
Meeting the needs of our community
- Plan for a widescale digital CPD programme for staff to increase effectiveness of digital within learning
- Implement COVID-19 education recovery plan
- Continue the development of the Education Strategy Network of aspiring leaders and ensure further engagement with the Youth Forum to ensure young people's voice continues to be heard
- Implement the new assessment policy to ensure that settings measure what is important when looking at student outcomes and act where needed.
- Implement improved service level agreements (SLA) with partner organisations to ensure positive outcomes, effectiveness and value for money
- Introduce consistent and regular student and parent/carer surveys across all settings
Outstanding leadership and governance
- Invest in non-class-based SENDCOs (special educational needs and disability coordinators) as leaders to focus on securing better outcomes for young people with additional needs
- Develop and introduce a Leadership Development Strategy to ensure a consistent pipeline of high-quality senior staff with a focus on succession planning
- Further develop interim governance boards which will support the creation of a new model of governance
- Develop a new Education Law to be submitted to the States Assembly for debate during 2023
- Deliver on the reorganisation and transformation of secondary and post-16 education
- Release an annual report on the progress against the Education Strategy, which will be published annually