DRAFT Newham 14-19 Education Strategy
Towards a 14-19 Education Plan for Newham
Part 1: The national context
Part 2: The Newham context
Part 3: Needs analysis and proposed draft priorities
Part 4: Next steps – developing a 14-19 Education Plan for Newham
Appendix A: The Newham 14-19 Partnership
Groups and members
Key general and specific objectives
Appendix B: Key national and local performance indicators
Part 1: National context
“The fundamental aim of the 14-19 reforms is to ensure that all young people are prepared for success in life through their education
and training. We want to dramatically increase participation and achievement among young people….By 2015 we want all young
people up to the age of 18 to be participating in learning that will provide a recognised qualification preparing them for life and work..”
DCSF July 2007
The Government’s reform programme for 14-19 education includes a range of new learning routes, including
o delivery of all 17 new Diplomas by 2013
o a Foundation Learning Tier of qualifications
o new Functional Skills embedded throughout the system
o reformed GCSEs and A Levels
o more Apprenticeships and new provision for part-time learning/part-time employment
o wider availability of the International Baccalaureate
The reforms will be underpinned by a new Learning Entitlement from 2013 ensuring all young people can access these pathways and
Government guidance identifies that delivering the new reforms will require new ways of working:
1) wholly new levels of area-wide partnership working
2) the engagement of employers and others
3) area-wide solutions to delivering all pathways to high-quality standards
4) strengthened impartial information, advice and guidance for students
5) a new and sustained focus on the necessary leadership and professional development required to deliver all of the
Key reform developments include:
Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances (2006) aims at achieving 100% participation by young people in full-
time education, or employment with part-time education and training, up to 17 from 2013 and 18 from 2015.
Post-16 Success measures (current Dcsf consultation paper) highlights the importance of schools taking responsibility and
accountability for the post-16 progression and achievements of their students once they leave school.
This with the new National IAG standards effective from April 2008, will require schools to be fully cognisant of all 14-19 progression
pathways and provision, to deliver IAG based on such knowledge and to be pro-active in improving all 14-19 provision, opportunities
Re-routing all 16-19 funding for schools, colleges and other providers via Local Authorities, although the position of Modern
Apprenticeships is not known at this stage.
The Government’s response to the Leitch report, including the move to demand-led post-19 provision via expansion of Train to
Gain and Learner Accounts. This will also impact on 14-19 provision.
To prepare for all of the above, the Government has issued guidance for Local Authorities to work in partnership with local Learning and
Skills Councils and other partners in preparing a local 14-19 Education Plan, as an integral element of the statutory Children and Young
People’s Strategic Plan, which will shape the commissioning of education provision and services for all 14-19 year olds in the local area.
Guidance on developing the Plan has recently been issued by DCSF, ADCS and LSC. Local areas are required to start developing this
plan by agreeing a Partnership-wide 14-19 Education Strategy, by December 2007.
This draft Strategy outlines how Newham will build on existing activity and excellence in 14-19 reforms, identifying some preliminary
draft priorities and the next steps required to develop an Education Plan which will deliver to key performance measures, ensuring
that all partners are fully engaged in its development.
Part 2: The Newham context
Our vision is that:
‘All young people are enabled to achieve the skills and qualifications they need to successfully compete and succeed in the changing
worlds of higher education, training and employment, contributing to the goal that Newham should be a place in which people succeed
and choose to live and work.’
from Report to Newham 14-19 Partnership Board report
‘We will achieve a single overview of 14-19 provision, achievement, progression and outcomes by which to measure key 14-19 and
economic wellbeing outcomes, set new targets and develop new provision to achieve national and local entitlements.
Newham Children and Young People’s Plan Priority 11
Newham is in the vanguard of local authorities in the development of 14-19 reforms, and has already established effective partnership
working between a wide range of partner organisations, services and groups. Full details of the Newham 14-19 Partnership
arrangements and planning are at Appendix A.
Newham schools, colleges, other providers and services have achieved nationally-respected reputations for their achievements. They
have progressively closed the gaps between local and national measures of the achievement and successes of young people, in some
areas even outstripping national average performance.
However there remain major challenges in achieving the next step-changes in achievement, in closing the remaining gaps and in
delivering the full range of 14-19 reforms identified by the Government and Newham vision for 14-19 and Economic Wellbeing. The
detailed 14-19 Work Plan, which will be developed from this document, will outline how Newham intends to identify and tackle its
priorities for the next five years, using analysis of needs through shared management information, and through building on existing
excellent delivery and partnership working.
It will reflect and complement:
Every Child Matters outcomes (particularly Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, and Developing Economic Wellbeing)
Newham Children and Young People’s Plan (Reviewed 2007)
The emerging Newham Plan for Integrated Youth Support services
The 14-19 Raising Participation / NEET Strategy
The Newham Employment Strategy
Newham’s Building Schools for the Future vision and plans
LSC Statement of Priorities: November 2007
Part 3: Needs analysis and proposed draft priorities
A chart showing existing national and local Key Performance Indicators is shown at Appendix B. The local indicators were set by the
Newham Partnership Board in Summer 2006.
A major piece of work is currently under way to develop the Newham 14-19 Profile – an overview of student achievement, performance
and progression in Newham, in comparison with other London Boroughs and national averages. More collaborative work is needed to
ensure that this Profile is maintained as a fully up-to-date and accurate reflection of performance.
This draft Strategy proposes the following 10 top line priorities for further discussion agreement and action-planning by the Partnership.
These are based on and reflect local needs, management information, experience and understanding; national performance measures
and priorities, including the Every Child Matters outcomes (particularly Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, and Developing
Economic Wellbeing); and the Newham Children and Young People’s Plan priorities.
Chart 1: Proposed priorities, activity to support and success measures
KPI = Key Performance Indicators see Appendix B. These have been numbered to clarify references in central column:
N1-18 = National KPIs; L1-9 = Local KPIs; CYP = Children and Young People’s Plan
Proposed (draft) priority Link success measures/ Examples of activity to tackle this priority
3.1 Increase % of students achieving Level 2 at 16 KP1s (N1, N2, N3, N4) Broadening the curriculum through Diplomas
5 or more GCSEs at A*-C including English & CYP Priorities 6 & 7 Continue current strategies for increasing
Maths APA Priority 5A-C including English and Maths
Diploma L2 and English, Maths at A*-C, with L2 IT Strengthen through secondary curriculum
(GCSE A*-C or FS L2) reform in KS3 and KS4
Diploma L2 and FS L2 Functional Skills
3.2 Increase in levels of engagement in learning of Local KPIs (L1, L2, L3) As above, plus FLT development and improved
students pre-16 (reduced exclusions, absences) CYP Priorities 6 & 7 student support systems
3.3 Increase % 16 - 18 year olds making successful KPIs (N5,N6,N7,N8,N9) Provide appropriate support for students at
transitions into positive destinations (% NEET CYP Priority 11 & 12 risk of underachieving or disengaging
reduction and tracking unknowns). APA Priority Increase diversity in provision of appropriate
Analysis of NEET % at 16, 17 courses/pathways with clear progression
and 18. lines 14-19, including FLT
Success of September Deliver successful IAG by all agencies
Guarantee All partners supporting September Guarantee,
guaranteeing all young people an appropriate
3.4 Increase % 19 year olds achieving Level 2 and KPIs (N10, N11, N12, N13, Further develop and diversify curriculum offer to
Level 3 N14 + L4, L5, L6, L7) ensure personalised learning including
CYP Priority 11 introduction of full range of Diplomas and
APA Priority also L4 improved number and range of apprenticeships
3.5 Increase % young people engaged in and KPI (N15) Work with employers to develop and support
successfully completing apprenticeships more Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships.
Work with employers to ensure more work with
training opportunities are available for 16-18
3.6 Agreed National standards of Information CYP Priority 12 Measurement Application of new IAG Standards throughout all
Advice and Guidance for all young people are and achievement of IAG institutions and responsible agencies.
achieved by all institutions and organisations. standards.
Opinion surveys of young Development of Partnership QIA for IAG.
Collaboration at strategic level (eg through IAG
group) to ensure this happens.
3.7 Further decrease gap in attainment between KPIs (LAC = L8, 9; LDD = L7) Undertake careful needs analysis for each group
different groups of young people e.g. CYP Priorities 6; 10 (YOS); 14 against mean attainment levels for Newham
by gender (LDD); 15 (LAC) (requires collaboration and data sharing
by ethnicity APA Priority also L4 between all agencies)
young people looked after Further discussion required to Plan and fund targeted, appropriate and
young people with LDD analyse gaps, decide which are personalised learning for vulnerable learners,
teenage parents priority groups, and what action with engagement of all stakeholders including
young people with offending behaviour may be required. young people, parents, schools, colleges and
Liaisons with and building upon existing other support organisations
Ensure appropriate IAG and support systems in
3.8 Increase focus on employability skills of young KPI CYP Priority 11 Numbers of young people supported in gaining
people 14-19 employability skills eg inputs from EBP,
eg Connexions eg Youth Employability Project;
a) agree a definition of “employment and enterprise- Difficult to measure work experience.
ready” employability except inputs
b) agreeing means of measuring this Success of Diplomas
3.9 Increase numbers of young people consulted CYP plan Priorities 6 & 9 Ensure involvement of young people through
and actively involved in helping to plan 14-19 Numbers young people links with
provision. involved including Young Mayor and other Borough wide
geographical representation arrangements
% from vulnerable groups Integrated Youth Support Services /
APA Priority Connexions service
School and college youth councils, Sussed
Feedback with Diploma provisions and via
school/college based Diploma tutorials.
3.10 Increase % learners choosing to stay within Increased % of learners As above
borough post-16. Ensure attractive and appropriate retained in the Borough at 16+
post-16 provision in Newham and the promotion of Requires monitoring and
such post 16 provision including apprenticeships sharing school and college 16+
(for all students). data + cross-border data
3.11 Increase % of learners successfully (Data a national problem).
progressing into higher education.
Part 4: Next steps: developing a 14-19 Education Plan for Newham
Government guidance for developing local 14-19 Education Plans identifies that:
The local 14-19 Education Plan will shape the strategic commissioning by the local authority and the Learning and Skills Council
through the Children’s Trust for 14-16 and 16-19 education, respectively.
The Plan should be produced by the local Strategic 14-19 Partnership under the aegis of the Children’s Trust, including the Director of
Children’s Services, the LSC Area Director, Director of Connexions/IAG Services, heads and principals of local schools, colleges and
Views of young people should inform the plan.
The following chart offers a means by which the Partnership can assess current progress and clarify further activity required to develop
an agreed Newham 14-19 Education Plan which will provide clear pathways for future planning and partnership working. The
content/activity is defined in DCSF Guidance, however it is for the Partnership Development Group and Board to agree:
a) comment on progress so far
b) development activities required
c) which agency/ies should lead on the development activities.
d) a timescale for agreeing the plan. This is flexible, but it would be desirable to have a draft plan agreed by end March 2008 to ensure
an agreed strategic direction for the 2008/9 14-19 Workplan.
Chart 2: Developing a 14-19 Education Plan for Newham
Education plan content/ Comment on progress so far/ Development needed Lead agency
activity required planned for 2007/8
1. How is 14-19 strategy 14-19 Partnership well established Agreement required on
developed 2007/2008 Workplan accepted and well promotion of Newham as best
Partnership engagement under way to deliver Diploma lines and option esp at post 16 transition
Functional Skills programmes open access admissions and
Young people’s involvement Consistent involvement of young people well Work with Young Mayor, Youth
established / results of such involvement not Councils and, and all partenrs to
widely shared. develop ways of involving/consulting
young people re learning provision
and ensuring such voice has impact.
2. Local needs analysis Data Group established. Publication of Newham Profile, and
Analysis of existing provision, Newham Profile in draft form ongoing collaborative approach to
collaboration in planning and gathering management information
delivery, identifying strengths Excellent Ofsted results + ‘reasonable required.
and weaknesses including breadth of curriculum’
Underachievement and 8 x COVES (for most voc areas), 2 set to Further analysis required to fully
variation between gaps become National Skills Academies identify needs and ensure +
Ineffective provision 16-18 provision generally outstanding progression mapping linked to
Curriculum gaps Flexible entry offered (NCFE = 6 points) learning pathways.
Over supply Measures to reduce duplication in place
Learner numbers increased Ensure area-wide capital development
Well-established and extensive Applied planning to address learner numbers
learning programmes and course facility needs are met.
Diplomas being prepared
Address issues re provision for LDD.
Ensure current diversity of provision is
strengthened rather than disrupted by
any new development e.g. new
academy in Stratford City.
Quality Assurance work being piloted with Development of area-wide quality
Newham Applied Provision improvement and assurance systems
3. Local context: regeneration 2012 Olympiad and its legacy Activities to ensure full advantage is
opportunities in Newham Stratford City development secured for Newham YP
Stratford Euro Terminal Via Diplomas
Canning Town Development Via improved collaboration with
Continuing development of Royal regeneration 2012 agencies.
4. Progress towards National pathfinder for first five new Agree timeline and delivery partners
qualification reform Diplomas to become available in September for 12 further Diplomas. Exact timing
September Gurantee and new 2008. to be agreed year-by-year, based on
IAG standards consideration of young people’s
Introduction of diplomas expressed interest in different lines of
By September 2013 learning, employment opportunities
arrangements will be in place by and the capacity and readiness of
which all seventeen Diploma partners to successfully deliver each
lines will be available to young Diploma.
people. Raise awareness of KS4 choices in
Y8 and ‘test’ likely choices.
Functional Skills Programme Six institutions are piloting Functional Skills Disseminate across all schools for at
programmes from September 2007: both least all Diploma learners September
colleges, three schools and New Directions. 2008/for all learners (certainly by
Four schools intending to join pilot in 2009. September 2010).
Foundation Learning Tier Foundation Learning Tier development group Next steps to ensure implementation
to prepare for delivery across all schools and by 2010?
New credit-based programmes being piloted
by NCFE (national trial)
The Newham 14-19 Learner Draft Learner Entitlement provides a detailed Review and ensure agreement by all Partnership
Entitlement statement of the opportunities and services institutions to implement Learner Board
which young people can expect and the Entitlement.
considerations and entitlements they can
expect to be fulfilled, together with our
commitment to young people having
opportunities to inform and shape these
opportunities and provisions.
Delivery of September Connexions monitoring and following up Review 2007 impact and agree a 14- Connexions
Guarantee those without offer for positive progression. 19 strategy for implementing in 2008.
Colleges collaborating to ensure appropriate
place to anyone in borough.
Increase effective engagement and
contribution of all partners.
Delivery of effective and co- Preparation is underway to ensure the IAG Group to plan implementation and
ordinated IAG provision across Partnership fully meets the new national agree QIA systems to support/ensure
all services standards for provision of Information, Advice delivery across all partners.
and Guidance, effective from April 2008.
5. Strengthening of
Partnership working to ensure
all the above
Future development of (Existing partnership arrangements are New organisational, contractual and
partnership working outlined in the Newham 14-19 Partnership financial agreements and/or informal
Agreement see Appendix A) arrangements and protocols will be
required to underpin 14-19 provision.
Employer Engagement Employer Engagement Group established to All partners commit to this as area-
develop co-ordinated area-wide working, wide strategy. Linking of local
education/training and employment
6. Local planning and policy
Roll out of 14-19 Workplan to Clear and agreed workplan in place for Identification of priorities and
future years 2007/8 responsibilities for delivery of
workplan for 2008 onwards.
Individual institutional strategies Plan needs to acknowledge and reflect Future strategies for individual
strategies for individual institutions eg institutions to reflect 14-19 Education
NEWVIC, NCFE & St Angelas and St Plan priorities and set individual
Bonaventures, all schools and other targets in support of its delivery.
Curriculum planning and Ongoing development of a range of Polices to develop as part of Section 3
delivery supporting policies including area-wide above, with 14-19 groups leading
curriculum modelling and common development and Partnership Board
timetabling. agreeing policies.
IAG/IYSS Co-ordination As above, with 14-19 IAG and IYSS
Reducing NEET/increasing Connexions NEET Strategy Development/agreement of a 14-19
participation Raising Participation/reducing NEET
Targeted and integrated youth IYSS developments IYSS arrangements policies,
support strengthening universal strategies to be agreed by 14-19
services Partnership Board.
Effective engagement and Relevant lead CYPS teams to develop
participation and success of and present policies/strategies for 14-
young people Looked After 19 adoption.
Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement and Assurance work for Development of area-wide quality
Indicators existing Applied Provision improvement and assurance systems
for Diplomas September 2008 and
Capital infrastructure to meet NEWVIC capital investment LA/LSC to review respective
needs of increasing learner NCFE capital investment + BSF Early strategies and report to 14-19
numbers, diversity of pathways Win investment in vocational facilities Partnership Board.
and equal opportunities BSF Development of a 14-19 capital needs
analysis and plan.
7. Access to out of area Very specialist provision e.g. Westminster / Needs analysis arising from above
provision where Kingsway and provision not available locally. and Diploma plan. Development of
necessary/beneficial regional partnerships working.
Develop sub-regional links.
8. Financing the Learning Various partnership arrangements are Details of new national funding
Entitlement and its delivery already in place for the funding of area-wide arrangements for the Diplomas will
collaborative learning programmes and the result in discussion and agreement of
use of national and local funding sources corresponding Newham 14-19
provided for such programmes. arrangements.
Appendix A: The Newham 14-19 Partnership
The Newham 14-19 Partnership consists of two major groupings
A partnership of schools, colleges and key local services, all with legal responsibilities for 14-19 provision, which consists of:
o All secondary schools in Newham, including NewDirections and The Tunmarsh Centre.
o NCFE, NewVIc and the StA/B 6th form.
o The BCC and Landmark Training (representing a very large number of work-related and work-based training organisations).
o The University of East London.
o The London Borough of Newham, including its 14-19, Lifelong Learning, Economic Wellbeing, Integrated Youth Support
Service (including Connexions), Learning & Schools and Regeneration teams.
o The Learning and Skills Council.
A wider partnership of organisations and people, who have roles to play and/or contributions to make in ensuring our work is
successful. This includes
o Employers, who have key roles to play and, in Newham, are keen to make extensive contributions to our work.
o A wide-range of organisations playing key roles in the regeneration of Newham, the build-up to the 2012 Olympics and
o A wide-range of organisations who work with young people to extend opportunities for learning, leisure and involvement in
shaping the future of Newham.
o Young people themselves and organisations by which young people are already able to influence what affects their lives.
o A wide-range of people, provision and policy shapers engaged with education and training; governors, staff working in all the
organisations mentioned above, parent groups, advocates for particular groups of young people, local councillors, etc.
Key objectives of the Partnership:
o To use partnership-working to deliver to all young people across Newham a breadth of learning and training opportunities and
provision, standards of quality and success well exceeding those we have so far achieved;
o To further improve the quality, range and effectiveness of educational provision, student support and advice services across
Newham, so that young people are better able to make positive, well-informed decisions about their future lives and achieve
the skills and qualifications needed to achieve their aspirations;
o To better enable all young people in Newham achieve their full potential and to maximise their life opportunities and well-being;
o To better enable young people to be actively involved in informing and shaping the opportunities, provision and services
o To better identify and address the different needs of young people in Newham, thereby maximising equality of provision and of
Specific objectives of the Partnership:
o Successfully and effectively delivering the full 14-19 learning and training entitlement now unfolding nationally. This includes
ensuring young people have access to the new 14-19 Diplomas, Functional Skills provision, Foundation Learning programmes,
an increase in apprenticeships and ‘part-time learning / part-time employment’ opportunities as well as the full range of GCSE
and A Level programmes currently available.
o Providing the more personalised support systems, Information Advice and Guidance, and support services required to enable
all young people to gain the very best advantage from all the above opportunities. This includes delivery of the new national
IAG standards (April 2008).
o Ensuring all the above provisions are of the highest quality and achieve their intended outcomes.
o To build upon and extend current provision so that young people in Newham achieve levels of participation and attainment in
learning, achievement and progression into higher education or employment which at least match, if not exceed national
The Newham 14-19 Partnership Workplan 2007/8
The Newham 14-19 Partnership agreed to seek, and was successful in obtaining national agreement that it could start all five of the
new Diplomas which become available in September 2008. This also entailed six institutions piloting the new Functional Skills
programmes from September 2007, as follows: both colleges, three schools and NewDirections.
The Partnership currently has a work-plan of some twenty different lines of work, all essential to the successful preparation and
delivery of the five Diplomas and the associated Functional Skills programme from September 2008.
The Partnership is currently considering which of the next five Diplomas it will seek permission to deliver as soon as these become
available in September 2009. By September 2013 arrangements will be in place by which all seventeen Diploma lines will be
available to young people. The exact timing of which Diplomas will start when will be agreed year-by-year, based on consideration of
young people’s expressed interest in different lines of learning, employment opportunities and the capacity and readiness of partners
to successfully deliver each Diploma.
Within the Partnership steps are underway to prepare for the successful provision of the Foundation Learning Tier across all schools
and colleges, with effect from 2010.
Preparation is also underway to ensure the Partnership fully meets the new national standards for provision of Information, Advice
and Guidance, effective from April 2008.
Partnership development and Diploma planning includes ongoing development of a range of supporting policies relating to:
1) Area-wide curriculum modelling and common timetabling.
2) Are-wide delivery of learning and training.
3) Area-wide quality improvement and assurance systems.
4) Partnership and financial arrangements.
The speed and nature of national 14-19 reform programme developments, as well as local considerations, dictates that the Newham
14-19 development plan, whilst detailed with regard to 2007/8, is only now beginning to outline plans for subsequent years.
The 14-19 development plan also sits alongside and is increasingly aligning with a number of other Newham-wide plans:
o The Integrated Youth Support Service Plan.
o The 14-19 Raising Participation strategy (reducing the NEET group)
o The Newham Children and Young People’s Plan.
o The Newham Employment Strategy.
o Newham’s BSF vision and plans
Appendix B Key national and local Performance Indicators
National 14-19 Key Performance Indicators 2005/6 2006/7 Target if any Comment
N1 % Yr 11s achieving 5A*-Cs / L2 inc English & Maths
N2 % Yr 11s achieving L1 inc English & Maths
N3 % Yr 11s achieving L2 (5A*-C GCSEs/other equivs incl. Dip L2) with L2 Func. Skills New KPI
Eng/Ma/IT but not Eng/Ma GCSE
N4 % Yr 11s achieving L1 (5D-G GCSEs/other equivs incl. Dip L1) incl. L1 En/Maths. New KPI
N5 % Yr 11s continuing in FTE/WBL/Employment with training
N6 % Yr 11s continuing in p/t educ / training/ wbl / employment with training
N7 % Yr 11s becoming NEET or unknown
N8 % 17 yr olds participating in FE / wbl / employment with training
N9 % 18 yr olds participating in FE / wbl / employment with training
N10 % 18/19 yr olds progressing from L1 at 16 to L2 by 19
N11 % 18/19 yr olds progressing from L2 at 16 to L3 by 19
N12 % 18/19 yr olds progressing from pre L1 at 16 to L1/2 by 19
N13 Total % of young people achieving L2 by 19
N14 Total % young people achieving L3 by 19
N15 % young people engaged in apprenticeships
N16 % young people on apprenticeships completing apprenticeships
N17 % young people in employment with training
N18 % young people progressing to higher education
Local 14-19 Key Performance Indicators
L1 Attendance in Yr 11 (mainstream schools)
L2 Improvement in attendance in Yr 11 (PRUs)
L3 % difference in attendance in Yr 11 between average and lowest 11-16 school %
L4 % difference in L2 attainment (inc Eng and Maths) between average and lowest school %
L5 % difference in students who become NEET between average and lowest 11-16 school %
L6 % difference in ‘not known’ progressions between average and lowest 11-16 school %
L7 % of young people in PRUs who become NEET or unknown after Yr 11
L8 % of LAC achieving L2 inc Eng and Maths
L9 % LAC who become NEET after Yr 11