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New school strategy will not rule out closures

 
Created on 13/08/2019 @ 13:26
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A new schools organisation policy that will cover education in Newtown and the rest of the county does not rule out school closures in the future.

But it does state the"case for closure would need to be strong and not not taken until a range of alternative models have been fully explored."

A new schools organisation policy that will cover education in Newtown and the rest of the county does not rule out school closures in the future.The policy sets out a renewed vision for education in the area as part of the council's overall 'Vision 2025'.

Cllr Mufranwy Alexander, portfolio holder for learning and Welsh language, states in a report to a meeting on Friday: "Powys County Council is committed to the success and well-being of every child and young person.

"We want all children and young people to develop the knowledge, skills and characteristics that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive and actively engaged citizens.

"This is an exciting and inspiring time for education in Powys and Wales."

She added: "However, there are also significant challenges facing us, in particular financial pressures, as the Council seeks to balance the needs of a rural authority such as Powys with the reality of reducing funding."

More community involvement in schools and their future is included in the strategy, including more working between schools, such as federations that have already been set up in place like Carno and Llanbrynmair.

"This does not mean that there will be no school closures in Powys, however the case for closure would need to be strong and not taken until a range of alternative models have been fully explored."

She concludes: Our education system in Powys is built on a strong partnership with schools,
parents, guardians and communities so that our children and young people
can become the best they can be and the leaders of tomorrow.

"We want to further develop this partnership working, and to work with school communities to identify local solutions, acknowledging that there is no single model of delivering education which will be suitable across the whole of Powys.

"By working together, we can achieve excellence in Powys and give all of our
children the opportunity to reach their potential."

The committee will consider the strategy at its meeting.

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