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Caerphilly council improves education opportunities for all

Posted on : 22 May 2019

Caerphilly council improves education opportunities for all
Caerphilly County Borough Council is making positive progress in improving education opportunities for all, according to a recent report.

‘Improving education opportunities for all’ is one of the council’s well-being objectives including within its corporate plan.  An annual report on meeting this objective, which was considered by the Education for Life Scrutiny Committee on 21st May, sets out progress made in the past year in improving education opportunities in the Caerphilly county borough.

Included within the report is progress made by the council over the past year in decreasing exclusion rates and increasing attendance levels.  The report also shows that targets have been met or exceeded for a number of projects; these include Flying Start, Families First, Bridges into Work, Working Skills for Adults and Inspire to Work.  The number of eligible working parents accessing the Childcare Offer funded places also saw an increase from 467 in 2017/18 to 1,486 in 2018/19.

In addition the council also successfully secured £5.4 million for the development of places in Welsh medium schools and £850,000 for expanding places in Welsh medium childcare settings.  A further £5.1 million was also secured for childcare setting development across the Caerphilly county borough and £194,750 Flying Start capital maintenance work for several sites.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, said “The council currently delivers a number of programmes which aim to remove barriers to education and make opportunities accessible to everyone.  It’s pleasing to see positive progress being made in delivering these programmes, combined with significant capital investment in education settings within the Caerphilly county borough.”

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