Northumberland Council pitches academy takeover to Education Secretary

A recent article in the Northumberland Gazette has reported that Northumberland County Council has pitched to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, to take schools back from academy control ‘to drive up educational standards’.

The story drew on points from a discussion at the family and children’s services overview and scrutiny committee during consideration of a report on educational outcomes, which was also pitched to the Education Secretary on his visit to the region for the announcement of Opportunity North East.

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said:  “We want to work with all schools in Northumberland, whether they are maintained or an academy, to achieve the highest standards of education for all children.  Overall results in Northumberland have been some of the best in recent times, however there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We are starting to see the first shoots of improvement, but as a council our focus remains on enabling fundamental change in education performance.”

You can read the full Northumberland Gazette story here.

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