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Education Strategy for Barnet

Barnet is well known for the excellent quality of its schools and the diversity of its educational offer.  These are at the heart of Barnet’s continuing success as a desirable place where people want to live, work and study.   Excellent educational outcomes and ensuring children and young people are equipped to meet the needs of employers are vital to Barnet’s future success.

Barnet has 128 schools serving 58,444 pupils (January 2018).  There are 23 secondary schools, 90 primary schools, three all through schools, four nursery schools, five special schools and two pupil referral units.  There is also one sixth-form college and one General Further Education College.

In recent years children’s achievements in Barnet’s schools have been among the best in the country and a high proportion of Barnet’s young people progress on to higher education.  Over 96% of Barnet pupils are at schools which were graded good or better at their last Ofsted inspection.

Barnet is a growing borough and the quality of education plays a crucial part in making the borough a popular and desirable place to live.

Our strategic vision for education in Barnet is:

Resilient schools – resilient communities: We want Barnet to be the most successful place for high quality education where excellent school standards result in all children achieving their best, being safe and happy and able to progress to become successful adults.

In order to achieve this, our mission is to ensure:

  • Every child attends a good or outstanding school, as judged by Ofsted
  • The attainment and progress of children in Barnet schools is within the top 10% nationally
  • There is accelerating progress of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils in order to close the gap between them and their peers.

To do this we need:

  • Enough school places
  • All schools to be good or outstanding
  • High levels of attainment and progress in all phases
  • A relentless focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable pupils, including those with SEND, children looked after, children in need and children eligible for free school meals.

Our partnership approach is set out in our Education Strategy for Barnet 2017 – 2020, which provides a framework for schools, education providers and others to work together to achieve the ambition set out in Barnet’s Children and Young People Plan.

The Strategy outlines 5 overall strategic goals:

  • Strategic goal 1 - Access

To ensure there are sufficient high-quality school places to meet the needs of Barnet residents, including local specialist provision when required for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and that school organisation and governance arrangements are financially sustainable.

  • Strategic goal 2 - Inclusion

To ensure the provision of high quality local placements and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged from 3 to 25.

  • Strategic goal 3 – Achievement - School Improvement

To ensure that every school is good or outstanding.

  • Strategic goal 4 – Achievement - Educational outcomes

To improve the educational progress and outcomes for all children and young people across all phases and types of institution from early years to post-16, including progress into Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment.

  • Strategic goal 5 – Achievement and Inclusion - Closing the gap and building resilience

To close the gap in attainment and progress between the most disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils and their peers by accelerating their progress and building resilience.

For further information please see Family Services key strategic documents and plans.

School Improvement Strategy

The School Improvement Strategy sets out the priorities for ensuring that children and young people continue to benefit from an excellent, high quality education offer.  It is set out in two parts:

  • Part A sets out our vision and aims, current achievement in Barnet, the strengths, areas for development and priorities for improvement, and the plans for how we are going to address these.
  • Part B outlines our approach to monitoring, challenging and supporting all of our schools and how we give intensive support and close monitoring to our Schools Causing Concern.

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