An ambitious plan which underpins Lancashire County Council’s pledge to provide the best education for all children and young people up to the age of 25, and in turn improve their job prospects, has been approved by the council’s cabinet.
The vast majority of Lancashire’s children and young people are already taught in schools or educational settings that are either good or outstanding, but the new ‘Lancashire Ambition’ plan commits to build upon this achievement.
It outlines how the county council will work closely with partners in health, education, governing bodies, parents and children and young people themselves, to make sure that everyone can access a good education and is able to perform to the best of their abilities. This is strengthened by the commitment to ensure that the views of children and young people themselves are heard.
Providing dedicated services to help children, liaising with other professionals to provide joined-up support so that children are able to achieve their potential and narrow the gap between their peers, are central to the plan.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “Everyone deserves a good start in life, and this plan reaffirms the commitment of the county council, across all stages of education, for all groups and individuals.
“We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible education for all children, irrespective of their background, culture or religion.
“All of Lancashire’s children and young people have the right to achieve and aspire to be the very best they can, to make the most of their lives and be able to do so in a safe and secure environment. Ensuring that they have access to good education, no matter where they are being taught, is an important part of this.
“We will work in partnership to achieve our aims to raise achievement for all, help children to do well at school and make a better future for themselves.”
If your child goes to a school or an educational setting in Lancashire, the ambition is that:
• Every child goes to a school or educational setting that is at least good, and is safe and secure.
• Wherever possible, every community has a local school or provider that serves and is responsive to the local need.
• All children leave school fully literate and numerate, able to excel in their chosen academic or vocational subjects, and able to compete with others nationally, ready to take their next steps.
• Each school has a rich and broad curriculum that matches the needs of the children, is designed by the school and is exciting, creative and innovative.