I am delighted to be able to present you with the second Newcastle Annual Education Report, which is my first report as the Assistant Director, Education and Skills, since taking up my post with Newcastle City Council in September 2016.
I hope that you find the report interesting and enlightening. Our schools and academies face a number of challenges in their quest to offer high quality education to all the children and young people in the city, including rapidly increasing pupil numbers and severe budgetary pressures. We do, however, have many reasons to celebrate success in the city. In our primary schools, Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2 results are the highest for many years and our secondary schools have successfully improved attendance over a number of years to now bring it in line with the national average.
Nevertheless, we have some significant areas where we need to improve our performance if our children and young people are going to achieve everything that we wish for them. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the priorities that I have identified at the end of the report. Each of them is a challenge that we need to collectively rise to and improve upon if we are to truly provide a world-class education offer in the city. I will update you on the progress we make and any new issues that emerge in future annual education reports.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our headteachers, teachers, support assistants and governors for everything that they do in our schools, academies and colleges to bring about success for the children and young people in Newcastle.
Lead Assistant Director, Education and Skills