No decision yet on future of education

Parents, staff and governors are being reassured that no recommendations have yet been made as part of an ongoing review into the education system.

North Tyneside Council is carrying out a review following the creation of the Kings Priory Academy, which the authority says exacerbated the level of surplus school places in the borough.

But officials have dismissed reports that any decision has yet been made.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “When review proposals are put forward, parents and schools will be fully involved in the consultation to inform decision-making.

“Contrary to information circulating in parts of the borough, I can tell everyone that no recommendations or decisions have been made on our education review and when they are, parents will be fully informed and involved throughout the process.

“We are in open and honest dialogue with our schools and their governors and we are committed to an inclusive-decision making approach that meets the needs of the borough and its children.”

Any changes are not anticipated until September 2015.

Coun Grayson added: “We are working very closely with our schools, which are key to helping us successfully shape a solution for the next five to ten years.”

Last October the council began the review by working in partnership with headteachers and governors to consider the way forward and make joint recommendations.

The recommendations will be reported back to Cabinet members in the summer with any proposals subject to the statutory consultation.

Coun Grayson said: “There are some significant challenges but it is only right that the borough’s headteachers and schools that already deliver high quality education for the borough’s children and young people should help to steer this decision making.

“That partnership is established and all parties are now working together on a detailed analysis of the issues the borough needs to address and the solutions for the future.”

The partnership is tasked with bringing back detailed proposals in the summer of 2014 to secure a stable education system that will provide young people with the learning opportunities that will help to equip them life and work in the 21st Century.