Schools are working with the council to help each other improve – through the Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP) with the key aim ‘no learner left behind, no school left behind’.
The aim of the ELP is for the borough’s schools to build on the progress being made in education standards and to help even more local schools to become rated ‘excellent’ by Ofsted.
In December, new ‘Progress 8’ scores in a Department of Education report put Ealing second highest in London and third best in the country. Progress 8 measures the improvement that children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school and is designed to encourage good quality teaching over a broad range of curriculum areas.
And, by joining forces to provide extra training and support for teachers and governors and also extra resources for pupils, it is hoped the ELP will continue the improvements being seen at both high schools and primary schools.
For the 2019/2020 school year, 88 of the borough’s 93 schools have signed-up to the partnership.
It is funded by Ealing Council and subscriptions paid by the schools; and it is overseen by an ELP board that includes local headteachers.
Tessa Hodgson, headteacher of Oaklands Primary School (Oaklands pupils are pictured above) and chair of the ELP board, said: “The Ealing Learning Partnership has the potential to change how we work, build skill and support amongst professionals in schools and lead to the improvement of outcomes for all children.”
Councillor Yvonne Johnson, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We need to meet the needs of our young people, so they are equipped for further and higher education and the world of work. The Ealing Learning Partnership vision is testament to the strong collaboration we have in Ealing with the primary aim of doing the very best we can for all our children and young people.”