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RAAS Partnership History

Learn more about the Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy, the partnership board, what they have achieved and how they paved the way for the current Education Strategy for Cornwall.

The Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy (RAAS)

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The RAAS strategy was written in 2013 in collaboration with representatives from all education settings from early years to higher skills, families and carers, governors, private business and public service local Government officers. Indeed, these representatives, along with senior officers within Cornwall Council's Children's Services and the One Vision Partnership, are all signatories on the Education Strategy for Cornwall.

The aim is to focus on a small number of specific priority areas where we are underperforming and to drive up standards. Underpinning the whole philosophy is our approach to raising aspiration.

Download the most recent version of the Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategy.

The RAAS partnership is chaired by the Chair of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. The representatives are from all education settings.

  • Kim Conchie – Chamber of Commerce
  • Jane Black, Tim Osborne and Angela Andrews - Education and Early Years Service Team at Cornwall Council
  • Councillor Sally Hawken – Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing
  • David Walrond – Truro and Penwith College
  • Geoff Smith – Falmouth University
  • Gina Briggs – Curnow School
  • Sara Karkeek – Happy Days Nurseries
  • David Barton – Executive Officer of Cornwall Association of Secondary Heads
  • Julie Simpson – Chair of Cornwall Association of Primary Heads
  • Raoul Humphreys – Cornwall College
  • Sara Davey – Mounts Bay Academy
  • Ken Martin – Cornwall Manufacturing Group
  • Neil Gunnell – Cornwall Governor Network
  • Cheryl Ward and Janet Tresidder – Department for Work and Families Cornwall and Together for Families Partnership
  • Ian Smith – Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum
  • Clare Harris – Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jamie Gamble –  Real Ideas Organisation

Review of Provision and Outcomes 16-19

In 2014, the RAAS Board commissioned a review of 16-19 provision and outcomes across the county. The review took place between May and June and was conducted by Mike Davis (L&S Consultancy Ltd) and Sean Hanan (Improving Schools and Colleges Associates Ltd).

As part of the review all providers of 16-18 education and training were visited - which included 14 schools and two colleges of further education. Meetings were also held with representatives from special schools and the work-based learning network. Detailed analyses of existing reports on current provision and examination of data sets were also included.

Download the report on the Review of Provision and Outcomes (16-19).

Pathways to Employment for Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Pathways to employment for young people with SEND is a priority for Cornwall identified within the SEND Review and the joint health and social care self-assessment for people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) (2014).

The evidence suggested that approximately one third of Cornwall’s young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) had LDD. National data also showed that only 1% of adults with learning disabilities in Cornwall were in employment compared to 7% nationally.

In 2015, Cornwall Council sought to develop an evidence base to inform strategic commissioning intentions for services that support pathways to employment for young people with SEND.  As such the RAAS Board commissioned two pieces of research that:

  • mapped the range of education, training provision and employability support for young people with SEND and their families from Year 9 to 25 delivered as part of statutory education / learning but also as part of wider service provision. Download the SEND Mapping report.
  • undertook a deeper dive into case studies and models of good practice to develop Cornwall’s understanding of models that work for this cohort of young people. Download the SEND research project

Cornwall Careers Offer 2016-2020

Part of the suggested outcomes from the 2014 Review of Provision and Outcomes 16-19 stated that careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) needing improving. The 2015 Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) / Pearson’s Education and Skills Survey 2015 also showed that more than three quarters of businesses across the UK feel the quality of careers advice needs improving to help young people make informed decisions about future career options.

The Pathways to Employment sub group of the RAAS Board developed a strategy specifically targeting the CEIAG landscape in Cornwall. This document sets out the rationale for the 10 key strands that make up a Careers Offer for Cornwall’s young people.

The Pathways to Employment sub-Group met monthly, collaborating on a range of career and skills-related activities across the county. The group continues to operate under the newly established Employment and Skills Board (ESB).

Download the Pathways to Employment Terms of Reference.

Since the establishment of the RAAS Strategy and Board, Cornwall Council has developed the Education Strategy for Cornwall and recognises that on behalf of the wider education system, it must foster an ethos in our education settings in which every individual matters equally and is encouraged to aim high and achieve their very best.

We will do this by providing support and challenge for our education settings to provide innovative and personalised teaching and learning. Central to this will be our aim to meet individual needs, with health and wellbeing at the core.

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