Consultations

Hadrian Learning Trust Academy (QEHS and HMS) Consultation – deadline 29th March 2018 @ 3.30pm

The Trust Board will meet to consider carefully responses to the consultation. We will then decide, on behalf of Hadrian Learning Trust, how to proceed.

8th May: Inform Northumberland County Council (NCC) of decision.

8th May: NCC Cabinet meets on 8 May to consider the outcome of its own consultation on Education in the West of Northumberland.

Following that Cabinet meeting, the Trust Board will decide whether or not to submit a business case for any significant change proposals to the Regional Schools Commissioner / Department for Education for their approval.
Final decisions by the end of the Summer Term

STARS thoughts on the consultation can be found here.

NCC West Northumberland Education Consultation

Timetable:

9th April: Consultation ends

24th April: New report based on outcome of consultation

8th May: Cabinet meeting May to consider the outcome of consultation on Education in the West of Northumberland.

28th June Family and Children’s Services Scrutiny meeting

10th July: Cabinet meets to make decision.

Decision sent to Secretary of State (and/or Regional Commissioner?)

Full implementation by September 2019

Decision-makers:
Northumberland County Council – (Cabinet and Family and Children’s Services Scrutiny)
Hadrian Learning (Academy) Trust Board
West Northumberland Schools
Janet Renou, Regional Schools Commissioner

Activities:

NCC: Has no Director of Education. Has not published financial modelling of any of the three proposals, despite requests to do so. They have not published an assessment of educational impact of its proposals.

Hadrian Learning Trust: Is carrying out its own consultation on a different proposal. Has indicated it will not want to provide extra accommodation unless money is provided. (Their actions will impact on viability of communities outside Hexham) Has concentrated on academic results and if this continues how will non-academic pupils needs be met?

West Northumberland Schools: are making their own proposals. Haydon Bridge proposing another alternative designed to make school financially viable after one year, and providing both academic and vocational routes with broader range of options

Katherine Cowell: Has the power to do anything she feels necessary (irrespective of school performance or viability), although the fear is she may be more likely to be in favour of more privatisation of provision.

Wild Card: NCC has muted the idea of multi-academy trust on which it has a controlling interest. Katherine Cowell is unlikely to support a multi-academy trust effectively controlled by a local authority.

Problems:

This is a non-party issue we cannot attempt to direct or organise around existing groups

Actions Possible:

Support the proposals put forward by the schools to maintain presence and existence through press release and public statements.

Lobby Hadrian Trust Directors using the argument that their decisions will impact on viability of rural communities, and make the response/lack of response known through press release and public statements (Kate Chaplin = Edwards CEO Seven Stories, Sarah Kemp CEO Theatre sans Frontieres).

Lobby Katherine Cowell and Damien Hinds Secretary of State using NCCs casual handling of planning, lack of director of Education, and viability of rural communities, and make the response/lack of response known through press release and public statements.

STARS thoughts on the consultation can be found here.

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