Attainment and Achievement
Although attainment is generally very good, there are still challenges in raising the aspirations of young people in our most deprived communities and closing the attainment gap, as well as raising attainment of Looked After Children and Young People. We provide services across a large geographic area, to serve a dispersed rural population, and an ageing school estate, with many small rural schools, combined with lack of flexibility around teacher numbers, affects our costs per pupil.
We are currently reviewing the school estate to ensure that it is fit for purpose and provides appropriate learning and teaching environments for all young people to thrive. The new Leader Valley School in Earlston can now provide specialist additional support for pupils who need it.
The Children and Young People’s Leadership Group, which sets the strategic direction for the planning and delivery of all services for children and young people, has an Integrated Children & Young People’s Plan for the period 2017 – 2020. This sets out the shared priorities that our Children and Young People’s Service, NHS Borders, Police Scotland and partners will work together on - in order to make improvements to the lives of all our children and young people, particularly those who may need some additional support. This includes our school services, as well as more specific support services, for example support for children with additional needs.
Priorities for the future
- Through our Transformation Programme, improve the learning experience and opportunities through early intervention and prevention, a fit for purpose school estate and more integrated and streamlined management and administration
- Focus on leadership and professional growth programmes for the staff within our service
- Deliver a new school building programme across the region
- Continue to develop strong partnerships to improve the outcomes of all children and young people in the Scottish Borders
- Fully utilitse the new Leader Valley School in Earlston to improve outcomes for children who require additional support.