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Funding boost for Knowsley education

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council has secured just over £744,000 of Department for Education funding which will be used to accelerate educational outcomes for children in Knowsley.

Knowsley’s Education Commission developed the successful bid, working on behalf of the council, using the findings from a comprehensive review of education across the borough that they conducted. This identified the transition from primary school to secondary school as a key priority.

The funding will be used to implement a programme designed by the commission which is based on best practice elsewhere, including ‘pathways to success’ schools that have demonstrated improvements in educational attainment for children and young people. In Knowsley, this programme will help to improve literacy, leadership and collaboration between schools making the transition from primary school to secondary school effective and efficient.

A total of 30 schools will be targeted through this initiative – 26 primary and four secondary schools with work starting immediately with funding secured for up to April 2019.

The quality of teaching will be a key factor to delivering success, with a range of support offered by experienced advisers with a strong track record of success in schools where improvements are needed.

This programme will better prepare Knowsley pupils as they progress to GCSEs – an area which has already started to see improvements.

Cllr Joan Lilly, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said “I am delighted that we have secured just over £744,000 of funding to help us to introduce initiatives that have shown to accelerate education attainment and outcomes for our children and young people. With A levels now returning to the borough, we want to encourage our residents to aspire high and support them to achieve their potential.  I look forward to seeing how pathways to success has a positive impact on our pupils.”

The funding award follows a bid submission to the Department for Education’s Strategic School Improvement Fund Round 2.

Schools that will benefit from the funding

Primary schools:

Evelyn Community Primary School

Halsnead Primary School

Huyton with Roby

Northwood Community Primary

Ravenscroft Community Primary

Roby Park Primary School

St Albert’s Catholic Primary

St Aloysius Catholic Primary

St Anne’s Catholic Primary

St Brigid’s Catholic Primary

St Columba’s Catholic Primary

St John Fisher Catholic Primary

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary

St Laurence’s Catholic Primary

Leo’s and Southmead Catholic Primary

St Luke’s Catholic Primary

St Marie’s Catholic Primary

Whiston Willis Community Primary

Yew Tree Community Primary

Westvale Primary

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary

Park Brow Community Primary

Our Lady’s Catholic Primary

Prescot Primary School

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School

Eastcroft Park School

Secondary schools:

The Prescot School

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning

All Saints Catholic High School

Kirkby High School