Heads Up 14th February 2018


A new vision for education and learning in Warwickshire

Dear colleagues,Chris Malone

It has been a great pleasure to take up my new role as head of Education and Learning for Warwickshire and I look forward to meeting more of you in the future.

We all know that considerable challenges lie ahead and I am determined, with my team, to create a clear role for Education and Learning and to work closely with you to give all our children and young people the best possible start in life.

It is time to update the Warwickshire County Council Education Strategy so that it reflects current challenges. An overarching vision for education in Warwickshire is needed so that one agreed strategy can guide the work of the council and partners.

It will have one uniting and overarching purpose: to improve educational outcomes, and thus the life chances, of learners in Warwickshire.

This strategy will bring together the work of different teams in the Education and Learning business unit. As a result we hope that services will be more joined-up and, despite financial challenges, the quality of services, and learner outcomes, will continue to improve.

We are going to ensure that council plans ‘join up’. All plans in the Education and Learning business unit, and all staff objectives, will explicitly support this strategy.  Meetings and boards led by Education and Learning staff will all be driven by this strategy. We also hope that partners and education professionals sign up to the strategy and use it to enhance the effectiveness of their work.

Our aim is for a shared vision to give clarity, transparency and relative simplicity within the complex education environment of 2018.

Anyone who is interested can comment on the draft strategy when the consultation goes live in March. Responses will be invited from a range of partners and stakeholders to include parents and students, WCC colleagues, schools, colleges, early years providers, childminders, children’s centres, and groups such as the Challenge Board, consortia groups, area analysis groups and the Schools Forum.

It is very important to us that all partners and stakeholders are confident that the consultation will be exactly that - your opportunity to comment and help shape our new strategy. We are committed to co-producing the strategy wherever possible. Changes can and will be made in response to your feedback.

The consultation will therefore inform the final decision about the vision and key targets for the new Education and Learning strategy 2018 – 2023. This strategy will be implemented from 1 September 2018 after being endorsed by the county council in July.

Chris Malone

Head of Service, Education and Learning


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