Ensuring children and young people are healthy and ready to learn

Young parents and children registrations and participation continues to increase across our Children’s centres month on month, with latest Ofsted judgement as 100% good or outstanding during 2012, higher than the national average of 70%, with 1 centre outstanding for capacity for sustained improvement, 2 for safeguarding and 3 for quality of provision.

Children ready for school

In 2012, following a four year period of stagnated performance, the proportion of pupils achieving a good level of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage was 68% in Derbyshire. This represents almost a 7% increase in performance compared to last year. Only High Peak showed a slight decline from last year but performance was still above national performance.

Ensuring young people achieve a good education

School meals take up in excess of 50% by maintaining competitive pricing of quality traceable sourcing from local organic producers across primary and secondary schools helping in particular young families ensure their children get a decent meal once a day.

• Maintained investment in School Sports Partnership following government withdrawal
• A new facility at Lea Green Centre offering experience for all abilities and disabilities
• 99% of parents receive first choice primary school admissions, 98% for secondary schools
• Saved £100k per year on school transport whilst protecting equity and fairness
• Closing Connexions and developing a new employer focused work experience service
• Year on Year improvements in education outcomes at Early Years, Primary and early Secondary stages

Capital investment in teaching and learning and in new classrooms and schools.

Despite reduced government funding settlements we have retained a School Improvement Service which has just received national recognition as an outstanding example of good practice for all other Local Education Authorities to follow, alongside 7 other local authorities in England.

Delivered a substantial schools maintenance and new building programme that will deliver new schools at Tibshelf, North Wingfield, Shireland, Alfreton Grange, Glossopdale and Aldercar and Langley Mill.

Overall school education standards and attainment for Young People

Standards of attainment for school children across Derbyshire continue to be good and are generally better than, or close to, national outcomes at each key stage.

GSCEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths is 57.2% which for the first time in six years has fallen below the national average of 58.4%, which is line with the national decline in top level grades following 2012 examination boards grade downgrading.

In all key stages at primary have improved significantly, including early secondary school key stage levels. These advances made by our School Improvement Service will start to show positive turn-around results across Secondary School pupils over the next couple of years.

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