Doncaster Council’s £720k education boost to improve pupil attainment

Doncaster College
Doncaster College

Doncaster Council has agreed to fund £720,0000 of educational projects after it was revealed attainment of pupils in the town was below the national average.

Councillors backed a series of ‘transformational’ projects at yesterday’s cabinet meeting in a bid to boost standards.

The move comes after it was revealed in January that six of the borough’s secondary schools failed to ensure that at least 40 per cent of their pupils gained at least five C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

A report for the meeting said: “Attainment of Doncaster pupils was below the national average in 2014/15.

“The education landscape is changing rapidly following the publication of the recent white paper ‘Education Excellence Everywhere’ which talks about a school-led system and empowering pupils, parents and communities and a reduction in the role of the council in school improvement.

“This requires a significant shift in the way we work with focus being placed on delivering and strengthening core function and becoming one of the key partners working to deliver education rather than running schools.”

Councillors agreed to fund 50 per cent of the running costs of Doncaster College’s Children’s University programme for the next two years, totalling £130,000, and provide £60,000 for education provider Doncaster Youth Alliance.

Councillors also agreed to grant funding of £530,000 to the ‘Teaching School Alliance’ – which education bosses say will underpin the transformation of education provision in the town.

The £530,000 will include £125,000 each to Hungerhill and Kirk Sandall Infant for ‘transition improvements from year five to year eight’ and £100,000 to Hungerhill for a leadership programme.

The report said: The move comes after it was revealed schools in ‘under-performing’ local authorities will be forced to convert to academy status by 2021 – only councils deemed to be successful will be exempt.