Have your say on education and skills for children and young people in Buckinghamshire

  |  Published: Sep 6th 2017

People are being encouraged to get involved in a consultation about education and skills for children and young people across Buckinghamshire.

The consultation, available at www.buckscc.gov.uk/have-your-say, aims to gather views on how the council can ensure that children and young people in Buckinghamshire have the best opportunities and are able to reach their potential through education and skills development.

There are a number of issues affecting education both nationally and locally.

  • There has been a steady increase in the number of children and families needing support especially those with special educational needs and more disadvantaged children. 
  • There is less money in the public purse as central government funding for schools and school support continues to reduce
  • There is a more diverse range of options for how schools are run, and in Buckinghamshire we have 184 schools that are maintained (supported by the local authority), 47 academies, 2 free schools and 1 University Technology College.
  • The 30 hour childcare offer needs to be in place from September 2017 in order to continue to maintain and facilitate excellent Early Years provision for our youngest children
  • There is a large gap in the achievements of children from more deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers

To address these issues the council are reviewing how they support and work with schools and those who provide education and learning in Bucks to develop an Education and Skills strategy.  

The consultation asks for people’s views on what is important to include in the council’s plans for children’s education and skills development to give them the best start and chance of future success.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “Giving children and young people the best start in life and a good education is my top priority. The education world is constantly changing so we need to ensure we are able to move and change with it.

We want to know what is working well and what we could be doing better to ensure we can support schools, colleges and early years settings to give our children the best chance of success and reach their potential.

I’m encouraging you all to take a few minutes of your day to let us know what is important to you in your role as parents, guardians, educators and even future employers of Bucks children. Children are our workers and leaders of tomorrow so their education and skill development is crucial for the future of our county.”

To respond to the consultation go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/have-your-say . The consultation closes on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, photo courtesy Bucks County Council
Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
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