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Education is changing nationally and locally, with more schools, voluntary organisations and colleges in Cornwall offering opportunities to children and young people. Therefore there is a greater need to keep educational professionals, parents, carers and business people involved.

These pages are the official digital communication tools for the Education Strategy for Cornwall. They are owned by the Education Service within Cornwall Council, but we hope everyone will use and share its information. 

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The aim of these pages are 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

Cornwall’s educational community believes that all children and young people are entitled to the best possible life chances that we can give them through enhancing their access to the highest quality educational opportunities, underpinned by challenging aspirations to achieve, not just their expected potential, but beyond.

Before the development of the Education Strategy for Cornwall, the educational community developed the Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy (RAAS), led by the RAAS Partnership Board. Visit the RAAS Partnership History page to find out more.

The Education Strategy for Cornwall has four key priorities. The objectives are led by the Education Service at Cornwall Council, but shared by all key education settings and partners across Cornwall. Raising aspiration and achievement and closing the attainment gap is a key over-riding aim of the strategy and is also a key priority within the One Vision Partnership Plan.

The following objectives have been set within the Education Strategy:

  • 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