Improving education in Hartlepool

Chris Simmons.
Chris Simmons.

PEOPLE have the chance to learn more about a project aimed at improving education in Hartlepool.

Residents are invited to a special event to hear more – and ask questions – about important aspects of education and also care provision in the town.

Carl Richardson

Carl Richardson

Organised by Hartlepool Council’s Children’s Services and Adult Services Committees, the ‘Face The Public’ event will give people an opportunity to find out more about the role and work of the Hartlepool Education Commission and also about how the concept of ‘dignity’ is promoted by the council.

The event is on Friday from 10am to noon in Committee Room B in Hartlepool Civic Centre in Victoria Road. The Education Commission was established by the council in spring last year with the remit of identifying and implementing key priorities to support sustainable improvement in education across the town.

The commission is chaired by Professor Steve Higgins of Durham University and its membership includes representatives of the council, headteachers, school governors and further education and public health organisations.

It is developing an Education Improvement Strategy which will set out what needs to be done to ensure that the town’s young people develop the competencies and capabilities they need to live a fulfilled life and make a positive contribution to their community.

The Face the Public event is an excellent opportunity for local people to find out more about the Education Commission and ask questions about the work it has been doing.

Coun Chris Simmons

The other subject of the event is ‘dignity’ and how the council’s Adult Services division works to protect and maintain a person’s dignity when providing support and services to them.

At the meeting there will be a presentation on both topics by Gill Alexander, the council’s Director of Child and Adult Services.

Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the Children’s Services Committee, said: “The Education Commission is nearing the end of its work and will publish its Improvement Strategy later this year.

“It has been examining all aspects of the way in which education, skills and employment in Hartlepool need to converge to produce better outcomes for our young people.

Gill Alexander

Gill Alexander

“The Face the Public event is an excellent opportunity for local people to find out more about the Education Commission and ask questions about the work it has been doing.”

Councillor Carl Richardson, chairman of the Adult Services Committee, added: “Maintaining the dignity of each individual must be at the heart of everything we do if we are to achieve high quality, person-centred care and support for local people.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along to Friday’s event to listen to the presentations and give their views and suggestions.”