Leaders outline priority to lift Wolverhampton school standards

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

Children getting the best possible start in life is a "priority" for Wolverhampton, council bosses have said.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, cabinet member for education and skills, made the statement as he outlined the education priorities for the city.

In a report due before councillors next week, Councillor Hardacre, said he wanted to ensure more children achieve national expectations – and close the gaps for children in vulnerable groups.

He said he wanted to improve inclusion for people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and ensure sufficient school places are available for every child.

Bosses are also aiming to produce the places at a minimal cost to the council, introducing a long-term strategy to help better maintain schools, and increase the number of pupils at their preferred choice.

And he aims to ensure school places are allocated in a timely manner – aiming for youngsters to be admitted within 10 days of allocation being made.

Councillors will be briefed at a meeting of the Children,Young People and Families Scrutiny Panel on November 27.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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