Report card unveiled

ANGUS Council’s education convener is pleased with their first annual report card.

The Standards and Quality Report 2011 highlighted improvements in several areas, and outlined areas for development.

It was compiled using performance indicators, teacher, parents and pupil surveys, efficiency reviews and an audit of pupil progress.

Key strengths and achievements included increases in positive destinations for school leavers, a significant reduction in exclusions and the delivery of high quality adult learning programmes.

Further improvements were suggested in specific under-performing attainment indicators, greater consistency in the use of standardised primary and secondary school tests and to engage staff more actively in the decision-making process.

Education convener Peter Nield said: “I am delighted to note that this first annual report provides encouraging information about the education service in Angus.

“The service’s overall excellent progress in implementing the new school curriculum clearly reflects the very creative and diligent work being carried out by staff across the service to improve outcomes for learners. Much of this work has received national recognition.”

The findings of the report will form the starting point for a self-evaluation of the Angus education functions this year which is being undertaken at present jointly by Education Scotland and Angus Council.

Councillor Nield concluded: “We are proud of our achievements in education in Angus, and can assure residents that we will work closely with Education Scotland colleagues to undertake a rigorous self-evaluation process, to build on these achievements and ensure that the highest quality of education continues to be delivered in the county.”

The Standards and Quality report can be viewed at www.angus.gov.uk/ccmeetings/reports-committee2012/Education/51.pdf