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SLT Updates 21 06 2012
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21 June 2012

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Education Reform Programme Update 15 June 2012



The education landscape is changing rapidly. The implications of the Education Act 2011 are likely to be wide-ranging impacting on policy and practice for individual schools and the Council, and potentially impacting the relationship and working arrangements between the Council and schools/ other educational settings. In addition, the Council is committed to a transformation programme which will meet likely further budget challenges in 2013 – 2014 onwards.


Programme Aim

As a result, the Children’s Services and Education Department have established an Education Reform Programme. The programme will be established by June 2012 and will run initially for 3 years. The primary aim for the Education Reform Programme is to re-design the relationship between the wider education sector and the Council to ensure the future relationship is stronger, fit for purpose and sustainable, guaranteeing Blackburn with Darwen learners achieve, are safe and healthy.


Programme Objectives

The Education Reform Programme will be successful if there is:

-          a well defined and agreed role for the Council as Education Authority

-          a shared understanding the LA role with stakeholders

-          new stronger governance and partnership arrangements across the education sector

-          related Council services which are fit for purpose, efficient, effective and value for money

-          required FYE budget cuts are delivered 2014/2015


Programme Objectives

The Council’s primary objective for the project is to deliver an Education Authority which is fit for the future providing appropriate efficient, effective and value for money services. In order to achieve this objective the Council will undertake an education reform change programme to:

-          Understand and assess the national policy reforms and the potential local impact

-          Understand partners’ and stakeholders’ capacity and needs

-          Review and evaluate current structures, services, governance and budget allocations

-          Propose options for revised structures, services, governance and budget allocations where appropriate

-          Engage and consult with all stakeholders, specifically elected members, schools, other education providers and partners and relevant departments within the council and others as appropriate

-          Manage risk through a rigorous programme and project management approach



There will be 4 initial workstreams covering:

          Education Funding Reform (lead officer Zoe Evans) – preparing for the proposed changes to schools funding formula (March 2013)

          Education Excellence and School Improvement (lead officer Mebz Bobat) – ensuring the LA has an appropriate, fit for purpose and sustainable School Improvement Strategy, and partnership/ governance structures to work with all the educational institutions within the borough; and an appropriate marketing strategy to counteract the loss of pupils to educational institutions outside the borough

          Traded Services (lead officer Sharon Howard) – ensuring that the LA provides all required statutory services, and appropriate, efficient, effective and value for money business critical and traded services

          Vulnerable Learners 0 – 25 (lead consultant Jill Baker, working with John Turner) – ensuring that the LA can fulfil its obligations towards vulnerable learners aged 0 – 25, providing an integrated, efficient, effective and value for money approach
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