The City of Wolverhampton Council has unveiled its Vision for Education in 2030 – outlining a system which promotes the very highest standards of education for the City's children and young people.
The Vision will be used by the council and its partners to shape education provision in the City – from Early Years through to later life – over the next decade or so.
It seeks to raise pupils' attainment levels and close the gap between those from richer and poorer backgrounds, to inspire pupils to reach their full potential, and to give them a bright future in a fast changing, progressive city.
At the same time, it seeks to create a city of learning where there are high quality and innovative learning opportunities for everyone, young and old, which develops a highly skilled workforce and joins skills to future business needs.
It details how the council, schools and providers will work together to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people and support the most vulnerable, and outlines the digital transformation of services and the role of leadership in driving through improvements.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "We have an ambitious vision to make the City of Wolverhampton a place people come to from far and wide to invest, work, shop, play and learn.
“Education has a key part to play in ensuring we make this a reality, and we are committed to ensuring that our children and young people have outstanding opportunities at every stage of their education, from nursery through to university and beyond."
Wolverhampton's schools have been on a rapid journey of improvement over the last few years, with a multi-million-pound investment in new, refurbished and extended schools coupled with a big increase in the percentage of schools rated "Good" or "Outstanding" by Ofsted – which now stands at 85% compared to 65% three years ago.
Attainment levels have risen, too, with outcomes at Early Years improving for four years running, Key Stage 2 performance the best in Birmingham and the Black Country and post-16 outcomes among the highest in the whole country.
Councillor Darke added: “These improvements have been made possible thanks to the fantastic efforts of school leadership teams, teachers and support staff, pupils and parents, and through strong partnership working between the council, schools, further and higher education providers and local businesses.
“But this is just the beginning of our education journey. Today's children and young people are the workforce of tomorrow and central to our City's future success, and we want to ensure we give them the very best education, and the very best chance to succeed.
“This vision is about celebrating what we have achieved, and outlining how, as a city of learning, we are not just going to be good, but how we are going to be outstanding.”
The Vision for Education is available at http://bit.ly/2p8T3gZ and is part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s wider Our City Our Vision, available at http://bit.ly/2nKNsfS.
More than 42,000 students attend schools in the City of Wolverhampton, with thousands more studying at the City of Wolverhampton College and the University of Wolverhampton.
To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.