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					REPORT TO:	          Executive Member for Education, Children and
                     Lifelong Learning

REPORT FROM:	        Lynda Fisher

REPORT BY:	          Paddy Bradley

DATE:	               27th April 2004

TITLE:	              Education Development Plan (EDP) Action
                     Plans for 2004-05
Purpose

1. To inform the Executive Member for Education, Children and Lifelong
   Learning about the development of action plans for EDP activities to be
   implemented in 2004-05.

Recommendations

2. The Executive Member for Education, Children and Lifelong Learning:
  a) notes the progress in implementing the EDP 2003-04 (paragraph 13);
  b) supports the EDP priorities for 2004-05 (paragraph 15).

Background

3. The EDP is the LEA’s strategy for school improvement.

4. The current plan covers the period from 2002 to 2007.

5. It was submitted to the DfES in 2002 and received a positive evaluation.

6. Each year, the LEA is required to submit action plans to the DfES by mid-
   July to show how it is supporting the activities associated with its EDP
   priorities.

7. The action plans are used to:
        •	 support the implementation of the LEA’s school improvement
            strategy;
        •	 determine deployment of advisers; and
        •	 support SIS time recording and performance management.

8. 	 The Community Strategy 2004-09 sets the context for all PCC planning.
     Its priorities are consistent with the key guarantees of the Education
     Department’s Business Plan, which, in turn, reflects and helps to
     determine the focus of the EDP.

9. 	 The LEA’s strategy for school improvement and the effectiveness of its
     implementation will be evaluated during the inspection of the LEA in May
     2004.


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Commentary

10. There are 72 activities in the current set of action plans covering 2003-04.

11. 	 There is a named officer who has responsibility for monitoring the
      progress of each of the priorities:

Priority    Title                                            Officer

1           Maintaining the quality of education in          Paddy Bradley
            the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1,
            and raising attainment at Key Stage 2
2           Raising attainment at Key Stage 3                Martin Quaife

3           Raising attainment at key Stage 4                Sylvia Kopecek

4           Narrowing attainment gaps and tackling           Rick Barnes
            under-achievement
5           Supporting schools causing concern and           Alison Storey
            schools facing challenging
            circumstances


12. 	 The progress in implementing the EDP has been monitored closely by
      the Education Management Team and a representative group of
      headteachers. The Executive Member received a progress report on the
      6th January 2004.

13. 	 Progress in all priorities has been at least satisfactory and in 2 priorities it
      has been consistently good.

Priority                                   Progress
                 April to June 2003    July to October 2003       November 2003 to
                                                                    March 2004
1                   Satisfactory            Satisfactory               Good

2                       Good                   Good                     Good

3                       Good                   Good                     Good

4                   Satisfactory            Satisfactory                Good

5                   Satisfactory               Good                     Good



14. 	 For 2004-05, the aim is to maintain the broad focus of the plan, which
      meets the required national priorities, but to reduce the number of
      activities to between 30 and 40.

15. 	 The EDP action plans 2004-05

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    15.1	        Proposed priorities:
                 •	 Improve achievement at the Foundation Stage and at KS1
                    and KS2, especially in literacy and numeracy
                 •	 Improve achievement at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4,
                    especially in English and mathematics
                 •	 Improve knowledge of all schools and provide support for
                    schools causing concern
                 •	 Raise attainment by improving access and inclusion

    15.2	       Proposed objectives for each priority – each objective would
                have a lead LEA officer:
        I. Foundation Stage and KS1 and KS2:
                •	 Standards in English, maths, ICT and broad curriculum
                •	 Quality of teaching and learning
                •	 Transition to improve continuity and progression
                •	 Leadership, management and governance
                •	 Disseminating effective practice through the Portsmouth
                   Learning Community
     II. 	 KS3 and KS4
                •	 Standards and Curriculum
                •	 Quality of teaching and learning
                •	 Transition to improve continuity, progression, post 16
                   participation and achievement
                •	 Leadership, management and governance
                •	 Disseminating effective practice through the Portsmouth
                   Learning Community
      III. 	 Knowledge of all schools and support for Schools Causing Concern
                •	 Management of performance and other data
                •	 Support for all Schools Causing Concern
                •	 Leadership, management and governance
                •	 Disseminating effective practice through the Portsmouth
                   Learning Community
      IV. Access and Inclusion
                •	 Understanding of inclusion and access issues through self-
                   review
                •	 Challenging discrimination
                •	 Improve attendance
                •	 Improve progress for pupils from different and diverse groups
                •	 Increase parental involvement
                •	 Increase role of schools in the community
                •	 Leadership, management and governance
                •	 Disseminating effective practice through the Portsmouth
                    Learning Community



Signed: ____________________________________________________
        Director of Education and Lifelong Learning



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Approval to the recommendations:

The recommendation(s) set out above were approved/approved as amended/
deferred/rejected by the Executive Member on




……………………………………………………………..
Executive Member for Lifelong Learning & Education




Access to information

Background list of documents –

Section 100D of the Local Government Act, 1972


The following documents disclose facts or matters which have been relied
upon to a material extent by the author in preparing this report.

Title of document	                     Location

1. The Education Development Plan	     School Improvement Service – Floor
   2002-2007                           2


2. Education Development Plan	         School Improvement Service – Floor
   Monitoring reports                  2




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