Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Grant Davey the Leader of Northumberland County Council said: ”This exercise has proven to be extremely good for Northumberland’s education system. Most schools and Northumberland College which is rated best in the North East by OFSTED

Increased Opportunities for Better Education in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council received a dreadful series of OFSTED reports last year pointing to a lack of investment in school improvement. Due to severe Government cuts imposed on the County Council they could not pour money in to support change.
Following an investigation into funding for schools it was found that £28M had leached out of Northumberland in the last five years to out of County FE establishments through a featherbedded Post 16 Transport scheme that was costing the County Council over £3M a year to fund. The Labour Administration at County Hall decided they must attempt to retain students in County and achieve Government cuts targets into the bargain. So on 29th May 2014 the Policy Board met and revised the scheme, leaving almost £1M in to protect the needy.

While Northumberland Tories have spent the last month screaming angrily about the County Council and its so called ‘Teenage Tax’ on post 16 transport, whipping up parents into a frenzy and organising a ‘storming’ of County Hall Morpeth on Friday 11th July, the Administration at County Hall have remained silent on the matter and kept up the rhetoric with the Counties Schools and Northumberland College to resolve the introduction of change and to resolve their aim of retaining more Post 16 pupils in the Northumberland education system to slow the haemorrhaging of funds out of the local education system and the economy.
The discussions with schools and Northumberland College have been extremely productive with Head teachers and the College Principal seeing this as an opportunity to retain Students and therefore fees within the system to drive improvement in their areas of recognised weakness.

Grant Davey the Leader of Northumberland County Council said: ”This exercise has proven to be extremely good for Northumberland’s education system. Most schools and Northumberland College which is rated best in the North East by OFSTED, wish to help Students get to their establishments and improve the in-County education offer. The deals being struck with schools on transport differ from free buses to Northumberland College from a large number of destinations right through to students who do not qualify for an NCC parachute payment still getting onto the school bus with their friends and schools paying for their tickets”. Concerned parents and students need to contact their post 16 establishment or school for further information.

Notes to Editors
This is the agreed method with the Duchess High School in Alnwick
v The transfer of EMA like funds and bursary's will go direct to schools.
v Accurate information will be sent to post16 students and their families/guardians in order to minimise concerns and drift away from school.
v All young people eligible for assistance under the Parachute scheme will be identified by the school and encouraged to take up their full entitlement to travel.
The Councils transport team will look at all post 16 students to ensure we have the best possible information to plan routes to school.
v The school through bursary and grant funds will provide support to pupils on contracted services and public services e'g' Arriva who are not eligible for Council support.
v The school will provide passes at the average real service cost.
v Young people will be encouraged to apply for transport as soon as possible in order to prevent any backlog forming post 21st August, results day.
v On 21st August, young people who have not applied for transport will be given application forms with their post result information.

v The Northumberland College free transport will be encouraged to stop at major townships such as Alnwick.

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