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The first coastal academy in England will be officially launched by Bryan Carr, board member of East Midlands Devel...
The first coastal academy in England will be officially launched by Bryan Carr, board member of East Midlands Development Agency and chair of the Sub-Regional Partnership for Lincolnshire, on 12 December.

The coastal academy is the first of its kind in the country. It will extend opportunities for lifelong learning in the Boston and East Lindsey districts using fast-stream information communication technology to link the school sites to each other and to providers of learning and cultural facilities.

The academy seeks to tackle the negative effects of the region in terms of accessibility and service provision and replicate opportunities provided to communities who are based in urban areas.

The main aims of the initiative are:

* The academy seeks to challenge performance, reduce under-achievement and raise aspirations.

* New strategies for teaching and learning to be developed as a consequence of improvements in information and communication technology.

* To encourage learning for life, endorsing Lifelong Learning between home and school and the wider community.

* To encourage other organisations to prioritise and support work within the Coastal Academy:

- The personal adviser work of the Connexions Service

- Youth service

- Adult education

- Cultural services including tourism, libraries and heritage

- Education business link

- Learning and skills council

- Further education colleges

The coastal academy offers the opportunity to become a member for life

The coastal academy will also help raise standards of education:

* Develop new approaches to learning, through the use of multimedia communication tools

* Increase opportunities for 'Out of Hours Learning'

* Develop strategies to improve staff recruitment and retention

* Enhance Key Skills (Literacy/Numeracy/ICT)

It will also remove barriers to learning, developing family learning programmes and ensuring guidance for all young people through the work of the Connexions personal adviser.

Maureen Spencer-Gregson, executive member for education, said: 'Once again Lincolnshire is at the forefront of innovation on a national scale. This exciting project aims to raise achievement and skills levels within the community by extending access to lifelong learning. The coastal academy will strive to increase opportunities for learning and participation in Boston and East Lindsey districts by bringing together organisations and addressing barriers.'

Cheryle Berry, director of the county council's education & cultural services, said: 'The coastal academy follows the successful launch of our rural academy in South Holland District last year. It will give schools the opportunity to link with each other and other providers of learning through fast-stream information communication technology. It will encourage Learning for Life, endorsing lifelong learning between home, school and the wider community.'

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