Friday, 14 March 2008

I then attended a meeting with Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families...

The Secretary of State and Lord Andrew Adonis, Schools Minister, wanted to talk about the progress we are making here in Leeds. We met with Cllr Andrew Carter and Cllr Richard Harker to look at the secondary schools currently below the 'new' floor targets of 30% achieving 5A*-C including GCSE English and mathematics... there are 638 nationally and 13 here in Leeds. The DCSF team were complimentary about the work we are doing, the progress our schools are making and what we have already achieved. They wanted to know that we have the support we need to ensure that every school in Leeds achieves above the 'new' floor targets by 2011.

We have already developed plans for each of these schools and we need to carefully explore the trajectory these schools are on to ensure that we achieve the floor targets before 2011... whatever it takes!

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