School's not out for
Many of you may have seen our successful summer school
programme featured on the national TV news this month.
The BBC asked to come and film some of the great work we do
during the school holidays to help young people with their reading,
writing and numbers.
Our summer school and events programme is the biggest and best
in the country. We want to make sure that all young people have
something interesting to do and get involved in.
It is a great example of how we are enabling children to achieve
their full potential. We have a duty in law to secure high
standards of education for our pupils. That is why, when we're
faced with a school that is not performing at its best, we will
step in to help out.
Together with Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, the executive member
for children and young people, I met with Mervyn Wilson, principal
of The Co-Operative College educational charity, to discuss how we
might work together to improve standards at Royal Docks School in
Exam results there haven't been the best and it is close to the
bottom of schools nationally in terms of performance.
We believe that turning Royal Docks into a National Challenge
Trust School offers the best option to get it back on the right
road. The Co-operative College would become partners advising on
the curriculum and staffing and we would want to involve the
University of East London as well.
We will improve performance at the school. Pupils and parents
deserve nothing less and we want them to play a meaningful part in
the running of the school.
We have one of the youngest populations in the country;
achieving better outcomes for them has to be at the heart of what