Consultation restarts on schools future

Residents are being given another chance to shape the future of education in the borough.

Consultation took place earlier this year on three possible approaches for the future of schools.

Now North Tyneside Council has started a further four week consultation on the preferred option of remodelling the education system.

Residents and other stakeholders have until December 21 to share any additional comments.

Feedback from this second round of consultation will be considered by the council’s cabinet, and final decisions on how to proceed will be made in early 2015.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are making excellent progress with out efforts to shape a successful future for our schools and deliver a high quality education offer for our young people, and this next phase in our consultation work is another step forward.

“This includes the recent confirmation that we’ve secured around £30m of Government funding to finance a significant school rebuilding plan, which will directly benefit four of our schools but also have a positive impact on the education offer in North Tyneside, as a whole.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, added: “The purpose of this review and consultation is to make sure the borough’s education system is in the right shape to tackle the challenges and opportunities it faces over the coming ten years.

“There is a strong desire between schools and the local authority to work collaboratively to ensure that our education system provides young people with the learning opportunities and skills they need, and we are very pleased that our schools are supporting this process.”

For more information on the next stage of consultation and to submit a comment, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/schoolsreview