Thursday, 7 June 2007

I went on to Children's Services Scrutiny Board with Cllr Brett, Cllr Harker and Rosemary Archer...

Scrutiny Board were looking at their work programme for the next year and the performance of Children's Services here in Leeds. I reminded members of Scrutiny Board that we were doing brilliant things in so many areas and that our outcomes are significantly better than the were two years ago. I also outlined some of the challenges we are facing:

Around standards:

  • secondary schools;
  • boys;
  • working -class boys;
  • looked after children;
  • some ethnic minority groups;
  • young people not in education, employment or training (the NEET group).

Around health and well-being:

  • sexual health;
  • mental health;
  • obesity.

Around sustainability:

  • green schools;
  • recycling;
  • energy use;
  • walking to school.

I also talked about our work to develop more coherent approaches to parenting, coaching, personalisation, choice and the use of ICT.The agenda as we all know is about standards and outcomes for children and young people and I am certain that Scrutiny Board will continue to challenge us all to do better!


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