East Riding of Yorkshire Council has agreed to allocate a further £1million to the Excellence for All Fund which supports a successful programme of school improvement across the county.
The extra funding comes from the council's general fund and not from schools' budgets. The East Riding School Improvement Partnership, made up of all schools in the East Riding, will oversee the programme, which involves many schools from across the East Riding and neighbouring authorities working together. The funding will be used for school to school support and the programme is already proving to be successful.
In 2012 only 53% of East Riding primary schools and 33% of secondary schools were judged by Ofsted to be good or better. The Excellence for All Fund was established by the council in 2013, providing £2.1 million to support school improvement. In recent years the number of schools judged to be good or outstanding has risen to 87% of primary schools and 67% of secondary schools. Overall, 85% of all schools in the East Riding are now good or outstanding.
The overall educational attainment for all age groups in the East Riding is now at or above the national average, however there are lower educational outcomes for some children and young people from disadvantaged groups. The additional money that is going into the Excellence for All Fund will also help 'narrow the gap' by supporting the work of schools seeking to improve the performance of vulnerable groups.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, welcomed the decision by the council's Cabinet to allocate a further £1million to the Excellence for All Fund.
She said: "Our children and young people deserve the best education possible and so we want them all to be taught in high performing schools. It is also particularly important that we do all that we can to reduce the gap in attainment for those children and young people that are disadvantaged in some way as we recognise that life chances are much improved with good educational outcomes.
"Schools in the East Riding are amongst the lowest funded in the country so this Council is enabling them to bring about improvement by making this resource available to them. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is almost certainly unique in making over £3m available for school improvement from its general fund budget and I am proud to support the decision to do so on behalf of all of our children and young people.'"