Partnership sets out to raise pupils' aspirations across Cornwall
CORNISH education leaders, parents, governors and businesspeople have joined forces to launch a strategy aimed at improving educational standards and encouraging pupils to aim higher.
The Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy (RAAS) board, chaired by former principal of Cornwall College Dave Linnell, launched its plans at the Royal Cornwall showground in Wadebridge.
The board will include representatives of the worlds of education, business, commerce and enterprise to work with members of the wider community including parents and carers.
The strategy identifies five specific priority areas where more work is needed to improve overall standards.
The scheme will:
aim to raise aspirations
develop "highly effective leadership and governance to provide robust challenges and accountability for standards"
improve the performance of boys from early years through to A-levels
close the gap between the most vulnerable children and their peers, and
ensure school organisation models are fit for purpose.
Three sub-groups will be set up to deliver these goals, emphasising greater engagement of parents and carers in the education of young people; a "targeted approach" to increasing standards and achievements; and effective continuing professional development to identify best practice and offer peer support.
Mr Linnell said it was the first time the sectors involved had joined together in this way and those behind the initiative felt it marked the start of a new era for education in Cornwall.
"All children and young people are entitled to the best possible life chances," he said.
"The aim of the RAAS is to ensure that partners work together to provide the very best education possible for children and young people in Cornwall from pre-school through to A-levels and beyond, into higher education and the world of work."
The strategy has received the unanimous support of Cornwall Council's Cabinet.
Andrew Wallis, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "We want to ensure that every child and young person in Cornwall has the best possible start in life, and this means providing access to the highest-quality education opportunities and raising the aspirations of both the young people and their families to encourage them to achieve beyond their expected potential."
Cornwall's director of children's services, Trevor Doughty, said he was certain the strategy would achieve its goals.
"I'm pleased and proud to be part of such a strong Cornwall partnership which puts children's and young people's educational success at the heart of all that we do, I know that this work will give all pupils access to better and brighter futures," he said.