Support for re-shaping education

Norham High School at North Shields.'REF 2101150153
Norham High School at North Shields.'REF 2101150153

Work is continuing to take place to reshape the education system in the borough following positive feedback from residents and headteachers.

Nearly 94,0000 people were invited for their views on North Tyneside Council’s proposals to improve education over the next ten years.

Pupils and headteachers were also given a say on the plans, with the majority of respondents giving their support.

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

“It is very clear that 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.”

Council officers will continue to work with headteachers and governing bodies to develop further proposals.

Officers will also be working closely with Norham High School to make sure that all students are able to access high quality learning, particularly Key Stage 4 students.

A detailed action plan agreed with the school has been put in place to raise standards and guarantee pupils achieve their best.

The purpose of North Tyneside’s education review and consultation has been 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.

The review also mapped other challenging factors such as surplus places, changing birth rates, projected housing development, youth unemployment and standards at Post-16.

Alongside this, the work considered opportunities the education system should prepare for, including funding secured for new school buildings at John Spence High School, Marden High School, Longbenton Community College, Backworth Park Primary School and Whitehouse Primary School.

It also incorporated planning for future youth employment opportunities at sites such as Swans at Wallsend, Indigo Park at Seaton Burn and Cobalt and Quorum Business Parks.