Preparing young people for work
When our young people leave education, they need to be prepared for what follows. A sustained program of engagement with employers and industry helps children make choices that are right for them. The council should work with schools and colleges - and with employers - to inform children about their prospects and opportunities, and to empower them to make good use of them.
Developing teachers, leaders and governors
When teaching, leadership and governance are strong, pupils flourish. Education should be seen as an investment rather than a cost, and the council should act accordingly. A proper program of investment into the professional development of all those who work with our children and young people benefits nobody more than the young people themselves. The council should ensure that training and development is research-based and provides staff with a real reason to choose Hartlepool as their place of work.
Saving schools money
When organisations band together to form a purchasing bloc, they make savings. They also enjoy favourable contract terms and better service. The council should work with as many of the town’s schools and colleges as possible to ensure that they are getting true value for money – one body agreeing a contract on behalf of 38 smaller bodies ensures much more efficiency and impact.
Promoting collaboration not competition
When schools compete, children lose out. Whilst some healthy competition to be the best can be productive, the education sector stands to gain much, much more if everyone shares best practice and has open and transparent conversations around practices and procedures. The council should foster this spirit of collaboration and work to reduce instances of damaging competition.
Investing in families
When families are healthy and wealthy, their children do much better academically. The council should invest – heavily – in real wraparound care for all children in the town, ensuring that those who need it have access to medical care, social care, mental health guidance, and so on. These disparate sources of care and support need tight coordination if they are to be effective in promoting the life chances of the most vulnerable.