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                        (Children and Young People)
                         Performance To-date: Steady Improvement

Thematic Partnership: Children‟s Trust
Lead Officer: David Lund, Director of Children‟s Services

How will success look?
For the purpose of DCLG‟s PSA1 success the indicator of success is „to raise standards in English,
maths and science in secondary education so that by 2008, in all schools located in Local Authority
Districts in receipt of NRF, at least 50% of pupils aged 14 achieve level 5 or above in each English,
maths and science (Key Stage 3).


Key Stage 1 attainment for Blackpool in reading, writing and mathematics is slightly below national
averages. Despite this, the trend at Key Stage 1 over the last five years has narrowed the gap on
national averages and this trend continued during 2005/06. National results for 2005/06 showed a
drop in the percentage of pupils achieving the nationally expected level in all subjects. This drop
was mirrored in Blackpool in terms of children‟s writing, but results in reading and mathematics
remained similar to those in 2004/05.

At Key Stage 2 Blackpool is closing the gap on the national average with the percentage of pupils
achieving the nationally expected level in English and maths rising again in 2005/06 at rates faster
than the national averages.

In 2004/05, the number of schools achieving below Key Stage 2 floor targets in either English or
mathematics was 7. This number fell to 5 in 2005/06. Through the School Improvement Service,
work is ongoing with these schools to secure improvements in attainment in 2007.

Pupils in Blackpool‟s Primary Schools make very good progress between Key Stages 1 and 2.
Blackpool‟s performance tables value added scores in 2005 were the second highest in the North
West and were the 18th highest in England.

Blackpool‟s Key Stage 2 targets for 2006/07 are for 80% of pupils to achieve the nationally
expected level in both English and mathematics. No school has set a target below 65% in either

The percentage of pupils achieving the nationally expected level in English at Key Stage 3 fell by
2.1% in line with a national fall of 2%. Results in mathematics and science increased by 3.4% and
1.6% respectively, again in line with national trends.

A successful programme of intensive support has resulted in all Blackpool secondary schools
exceeding Key Stage 3 floor targets in English and mathematics in 2005/06. One school, however,
achieved below 50% in science in 2006.

Key Stage 4 5 GCSEs A*-C - In 2005/06 there was a significant increase in the percentage of
pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above, with provisional figures indicating an
increase of 7.9% to 48.6%. Combined with an improvement of 3.9% in 2004/05 this gives an
improvement of almost 12% over the last two years.

The improvement in GCSE results between 2005 and 2006 was the fourth highest rate of
improvement of any Local Authority in England.
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In 2005/06 all of Blackpool‟s secondary schools were again above the national KS4 floor target.

Building Schools for the Future
Blackpool‟s secondary schools are to be transformed by a £70 - £80 million-investment programme
as part of Wave 5 of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Integrated Youth Services Section
The Children & Young Peoples Department has set up a new Integrated Youth Services Section,
which currently includes the Youth Service, Teenage Pregnancy Service, Substance Misuse
Service, and services for young carers. The Connexions Service was integrated successfully April
2007. This gives a more coherent approach for these services to tackle key outcomes including

A Worklessness Strategy is being implemented which includes 16-18 year olds. A joint approach
between Connexions and Jobcentre Plus to target 18 year olds is currently being piloted.
„Raising Aspirations‟ multi agency workshops have been held to take forward Priority 9 of the
Children and Young People Plan, which has resulted in a revised strategy to reduce the NEET
group. The strategy is being progressed through the Children‟s Trust Executive and Board.

The first and second tranches of Springboard families have been identified, along with a control
group of families that will be used to compare outcomes for Springboard families. Multi-agency
support packages and outcome targets have been established for 20 Springboard families. These
have been formally agreed and signed off with the family members.
Currently, there are 20 families taking part in Springboard involving 142 individuals receiving
support. Early work by Springboard has already resulted in the prevention of evictions and of
children becoming looked after. Springboard has been successful in its bid for £525k for funding to
pilot the role of Budget Holding Lead Professionals within Blackpool.

Permanent Exclusions
In 2004/05, the number of permanent exclusions from Blackpool schools (59) was well above the
national average. Levels of permanent exclusion fell to 40 in 2005/06. Levels of permanent
exclusions so far the 2006/07 academic year, remains well below that of the previous year.

Key Issues:

Key stage 3
Overall, there has been improved performance at Key Stage 3 in 2005/06. The percentage of
pupils achieving the nationally expected level (Level 5+) rose in both mathematics and science. In
English, the percentage achieving the nationally expected level followed the national trend, falling
by 2 percentage points.
The percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or more in English and mathematics was above 50% in
all of Blackpool‟s schools in 2005/06. In science, however, one school achieved a percentage of
pupils achieving Level 5 or above that was below the 50% floor target.
The availability of contextual value added data and improved data analysis at all levels of
leadership and management in schools has led to a greater understanding of data and improved
use of it at classroom level. Assessment for learning whole school initiatives has improved the
quality of formative and summative assessment. Improved pupil tracking systems in schools have
enabled more focused intervention with underperforming groups.
The average point score at Key Stage 3 improved from 32.52 in 2004/05 to 33.16 in 2005/06.
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Challenges and corrective action that has taken place or is to take place
One school achieving less than 50% in science. Some schools are operating close to 50%
threshold, e.g. Palatine and Beacon Hill in English, Beacon Hill in Maths and St Georges in
Science. These schools are supported and challenged by the link adviser who co-ordinates a
package of support tailored to meet each individual school‟s needs. The impact of support provided
by the local authority is closely monitored to ensure that challenging yet realistic targets are set
based upon prior attainment at Key Stage 2 and that these targets are met.
The percentage of Looked After Children participating in Key Stage 3 SATs fell in 2005/06 to
30.8%. The percentage achieving the nationally expected level in English, mathematics and
science also fell to 17.9%. The number of pupils in this cohort is very small (13 in 2005/06) and a
high proportion has special educational needs. The progress of Looked After children is monitored
closely to ensure that appropriate intervention strategies are in place. There is a commitment from
Children‟s Services to ensure that if Looked After Children need to move to another area of
Blackpool they maintain their existing school place to secure continuity and progression in their
The percentage of transient pupils achieving the nationally expected level in English, mathematics
and science has fallen from a baseline of 51% to 50.1% in 2005/06. The recently opened
Transience Centre at Beacon Hill High School supports the reintegration of transient young people
into school, as does the Mountford Centre. This approach ensures that baseline attainment
information accompanies transient children into mainstream school so that they can be placed in
the most appropriate teaching groups to meet their learning needs.
Despite all schools exceeding floor targets in at Key Stage 3 in English and mathematics, one
school dipped below the 50% floor target in 2005/06. This school is receiving targeted support
through the Learning and Achievement Division and has targets to improve its attainment in
science for next year.

Key Stage 3 attainment is an outcome area of Blackpool‟s Local Area Agreement which includes
targeted activities based on raising overall Key Stage 3 attainment and the attainment of key
groups of pupils, including transient pupils and looked after children.

GCSE Results

In 2003/04 the attainment of young women in Blackpool schools was identified as a key issue. The
University of Liverpool was then commissioned to undertake research into the factors impact young
women‟s achievement. This work has been completed and the recommendations of the study
shared with the council and its partners, including young people, during March 2006. Successful
addressing of this issue has resulted in the percentage of girls achieving 5 or more GCSE grades
rising by 13.3% over the last two years.

The number of young people not in education, employment and training has been below the
average for previous years in the last 5 months, with the result that the annual outturn figures for
NEET fell from 12.5% in 2005/06 to 11.2% in 2006/07.
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Key Performance Indicators

             Blackpool GCSE's 5+ A*-C compared with all NRF Areas & England




             45                                                                   NRF
             40                                                                   England




                   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006
       Blackpool   34.6   36.5   36.1   35.6   36.4   38.9   36.8   40.7    49
       NRF         36.3   38.2   39.7   40.7   42.7   44.8   46.2   50.1   53.1
       England     46.3   47.9   49.2    50    51.5   52.9   53.7   56.3   58.5

  Source: Neighbourhood Renewal Unit

             KS3 % Schools where at least 50% of Pupils Achieve KS3 L5 or above
                                 English, Maths & Science






                   Blackpool              All NRF LAs                England
 Source: Neighbourhood Renew al Unit

Note:87.5% = 7 out of 8 Blackpool secondary schools
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   NEET by Month - 2004/05 to 2007/08

      Year                                    2004/05            2005/06              2006/07
      April                                 15.5% (690)         14% (620)           14.2% (661)
      May                                   15.5% (654)        13.9% (594)          14.1% (642)
      June                                  14.1% (584)        13.5% (564)          14.6% (635)
      July                                  15.1% (586)        15.7% (586)          20.7% (713)
      August                                 16% (595)         15.7% (587)          21.6% (718)
      September                             10.4% (636)        14.1% (687)          14.7% (755)
      October                               9.2% (588)          11% (584)           12.4% (694)
      November                              11.7% (572)        11.5% (604)          11.5% (639)
      December                              11.2% (555)        11.8% (612)          11.4% (598)
      January                               12.8% (617)        14.2% (710)          10.8% (555)
      February                              13.5% (627)        14.3% (699)          11.5% (577)
      March                                 13.5% (612)        14.5% (692)          12.2% (593)
      YEAR END                                11.9%               12.5%               11.2%
   Note - Year end outturn figures are calculated as an average of November, December and January.
Key Actions

NRF Funded Project & Community Plan Negotiated Actions

Co-ordination of Information Advice & Guidance
An IAG and Transition Sub Group of the Fylde 14-19 Learning Partnership has been established to
drive forward this area of work.
Establishing an IAG network for children, young people and families has been agreed as a strategic
action as part of the Children and Young people Plan 2006-2009.
All secondary schools have signed up to participate in the Career Planning Pilot Programme

Employment of Vulnerable Young People
Funding has been secured to appoint a Project Worker to drive this forward. The focus of the
Project Worker will be to seek further employment and training opportunities for vulnerable young
people and support line managers in the public sector in working with vulnerable young people to
ensure the environment is “young person friendly”. The post is establishing close links with the
Springboard project.

The first and second tranches of Springboard families have been identified. A Lead Professional
has been identified for each Springboard family.

Skills for Life
Good progress is being made:
 69 beneficiaries (47 females and 22 males)
 16 Trainers trained to OCNW level 2
 14 numeracy national tests taken December 2006
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    18 literacy national tests December 2006
    9 Union Learner Reps have commenced training for City & Guilds 9295Adult Learner Support

Communities into Schools
Blackpool has been accepted on three of it‟s Diploma line submissions subject to conditions. They
are: -
 Society, Health & Development
 Construction
 Creative and Media
These will commence September 2009.
The next stage of work will be the establishment of Steering Groups for each Diploma line with full
participation of Specialist Employers and Training Providers in the Travel to Learn area.

The LEGI funded HERO project is set to significantly improve private sector involvement in
Blackpool schools.
NRF Spend 2006/07
                     Description                     Qtr 1    Qtr 2    Qtr 3     Qtr 4     Actual
                                                     Actual   Actual   Actual    Actual    06/07
    NRF Springboard Extending the level of support and
     63             early intervention or Children and £45,602 £202,025 £174,831 £362,301 £784,759
                    Vulnerable families.
Barriers to Improvement

Socio economic issues facing the town
Budget pressures
External scrutiny


Every Child Matters – culture change
Recruitment and retention of „quality‟ staff

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