At a meeting on Friday, the Cabinet of the Council approved the Plan for the Improvement of Education, which aims to raise standards in the city’s schools.
A £12 million plan to help Liverpool’s troubled schools was approved.
The results in the schools have been declining in recent years
GCSE scores have declined sharply over the past five years, with the percentage of students reaching five or more GCSEs, including English and mathematics, falling from 48.6% in 2014/15 to 36.1% in 2018/19.
Even before Covid struck, schools were the focus of the Council’s concern, with Liverpool ranking at the bottom of the results tables in a number of year groups nationwide.
The aim is to halt the decline in examination results and key learning indicators among children in Liverpool as schools continue to face disruption from the pandemic.
The city is outperforming a number of similarly sized UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds in these results.
According to the documents submitted to the Cabinet, the plan aims to raise standards over a three-year period at a cost of £12 million.
The report states “To do nothing – or to continue as before – would leave Liverpool languishing in the lowest quintile for every educational measure; significant financial costs of supporting underperforming schools; substantial losses of assets and the recovery of deficit budgets when schools are judged inadequate and subject to a directive academy order; rising costs of educating Liverpool’s children outside Liverpool; and a lost generation of well-trained and skilled future workers vital to the regeneration and economy of the city.
The plan has five priority areas that focus on children’s health and well-being, reading, support for children with special educational needs, teacher recruitment and preparation for employment.
“This underachievement affects children’s learning in many ways, but especially their reading skills. Children, pupils and students who are not able to catch up are not prepared for the next stages of their education.
The report adds: “City officials recognize the unique and significant challenges facing Liverpool’s schools. The large proportion of students, particularly from disadvantaged areas, who are left behind in the earliest stages of development rarely fill the gap and struggle to keep up for the rest of their educational lives. Educational outcomes in Liverpool are in the lowest quintile at all key stages.