The Board thanked all three speakers for their
contributions, a general discussion ensued. The importance of good
schools and educational attainment was recognised as integral to
achieving regeneration and its impact on the community as a whole
and all partners voiced their commitment to supporting these
A number of concerns were raised
Destination figures for students are key
indicators of success, do we collate these statistics?
What value the Academies add and why
recruitment is not improving.
Clive Galbraith criticised The Education for
All Strategy as not being easy to understand and overly reliant on
targets; there is very little about employment.
What measures are being taken to support
pupils at risk of being excluded?
Paul Griffiths said that increasing the
numbers of University students will hopefully give them a sense of
belonging to the area and make them more likely to put down roots,
leading them into employment and retaining their skills. Close
working between teacher training and student unions will also
Having one spokesperson for all academies is
being explored to give a more cohesive impression.
defended the EFA Strategy but did recognise the need for more focus
on skills to gain employment and engagement with local
Fiona Wright recognised the problems with in
year admissions and assured the board that work is ongoing with
schools across the county to try to resolve this. A working group
has been set up in Hastings to explore how to reduce school
‘hopping’. Resources to prevent exclusions is part of
the overall budget for individual schools, they are able to tackle
this themselves or buy in expertise from County.
Jenny Jones also championed the work being
undertaken by the academies and other education providers
throughout the town. The figures are important but also is the
quality of work being carried out which boosts confidence and
success for students. She did however concede that resources to
support the complex range of social and educational needs for many
children are stretched.
Information on College Central and exclusions
was requested, Fiona Wright agreed to bring this to a later
meeting. The Board as a whole recognised that as important as
education is, it is part of a bigger picture and how all partners
can work together contribute to improvements in a broader
perspective is key to making progress in regenerating the town.