06 December 2011
Establishing Northamptonshire County Council’s role as a champion of learning excellence is the driving force of a new strategy to be discussed at a meeting next week.

A meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday (13 Dec) will be asked to approve the county’s Strategy for Learning

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “The new strategy was drawn up in response to the changing role of local authorities as a result of government changes to devolve roles, responsibilities and funding to schools.

“Our own role has reduced to providing statutory function such as strategic commissioning of high quality school places, championing educational excellence for all and brokering school improvement services At the same time, we have strengthened powers to intervene where schools are causing concern.”

The strategy sets out the council’s expectations of schools and settings and how it will provide rigorous challenge through the School Effectiveness Evaluation programme to ensure that learners have access to the best possible educational provision.

The cabinet meeting takes place at 2pm on Tuesday 13 December.