Cornwall Education Strategy

Education Strategy for Cornwall 2018-2022

Our four-year strategy for improving education and the outcomes for all children, young people and their families, provides a partnership framework to steer our combined efforts and resources.

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It is also a key component of the One Vision Partnership Plan.

Download the Education Strategy for Cornwall 2018-2022

This is an updated version of the strategy for May 2018. The original was published in November 2016. Updates include; addition of more specific key performance indicators (KPIs), up-to-date details of the educational landscape, up-to-date partnership structure, an increase in focus on mental wellbeing and minor changes to roles and responsibilities.

The four education priorities for Cornwall

  1. To champion world-class education opportunities for all children, young people, families and carers and ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children and young people are met; and also to provide isolated and disadvantaged adults with a quality second chance opportunity when they are unable to benefit first time around
  2. To secure high quality provision, widen local opportunities and promote equalities
  3. To develop system-wide school-led improvement in a period of transition for both maintained and academy schools and to work closely with key partners
  4. To promote, protect and improve our children and young people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing in educational settings and recognise that this underpins the ability for us to achieve all other  priorities

We recognise that children’s mental wellbeing underpins their ability to cope with life’s pressures and subsequently underpins and drives all other priorities within this plan.

The strategy includes our commitments to:

  • Improve attainment and progress measures for all children and young people at every phase, with the aim of being in the top quartile by 2020 and/or better than the national benchmark
  • Reduce the attainment gap between vulnerable/disadvantaged groups and their peers
  • Increase the percentage of students attending their first preference school
  • Increase the percentage of 16-17 year olds participating in education, employment and training
  • Increase the proportion of schools participating in science, engineering, technology and maths(STEM)  activities and students entering into STEM A Levels
  • Reduce the number of permanent exclusions

How can you use the Education Strategy?

We encourage schools in Cornwall to:

  • Use it to help shape school plans
  • Discuss it in senior leadership meetings and with the school governing board
  • Publish a link to the strategy on the school website and share with partners and parents who are interested to learn more about the strategic direction for education in Cornwall

We encourage Cornwall Council members and education officers to:

  • Be familiar with the strategy in order to direct their priorities and answer any queries families may have

We encourage key partners and commissioned services to:

  • Use it to help shape business plans
  • Keep it in mind when working with schools or other voluntary groups
  • Reference it on their website and share with colleagues

More information on delivering the strategy

Visit the Raising Aspiration and Achievement Website to view the official digital communication tools for the Education Strategy for Cornwall. It is owned by the Education and Early Years Service within Cornwall Council, but we hope everyone will use and share its information. 

The aim of the website, the Facebook and Twitter channels and the monthly email newsletter, is to:

  1. update everyone on Cornwall's progress towards achieving the priorities laid out in the Education Strategy
  2. share best practice, research, training and knowledge to drive up standards
  3. celebrate success and achievements and provide inspiration and motivation
  4. share education events and campaigns to encourage attendance

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