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NEW BODY TO MANAGE AND DELIVER HACKNEY LBC EDUCATION SERVICE - JOINT STATEMENT

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School standards minister Stephen Timms and Hackney LBC leader Jules Pipe have agreed to ask Anthea Millett (former...
School standards minister Stephen Timms and Hackney LBC leader Jules Pipe have agreed to ask Anthea Millett (former chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency) to lead a small team that will make recommendations on the new body to be responsible for the management and delivery of the education service in Hackney. This move builds on the recommendations of the Hackney education stakeholder group and the team will report by the end of September 2001.

Mr Timms said:

'We are keen to find a solution that brings long term stability to the education service in Hackney, as rapidly as possible. This solution needs to recognise the importance of schools having an influential role in strategic and operational decision making, as well as strengthening their role in regeneration and community development. We look forward to a clear recommendation from the team that will ensure the promotion of high standards in education in Hackney.'

Cllr Pipe said:

'The promotion of a high quality education service is the key priority for Hackney Council. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils , students and learners are able to fulfil their potential. Resources for education have and will continue to be protected. We are accountable to the public for the delivery of top class education, attainment and achievement and we will support arrangements that achieve this whilst retaining the importance of democratic accountability.'

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1. The Hackney education stakeholders group was jointly established by the then DfEE and Hackney LBC in November 2000 following the third inspection of the LEA by OfSTED. The task of the stakeholders was to consider and make recommendations on the arrangements for delivering education services to meet the future needs of Hackney's schools.

This unique process allowed stakeholders to come together in a new way to discuss and consider key issues. Stakeholders included headteachers, trades union, school governors, parents , business community and Hackney Community College. The group was co chaired by the DfES and Hackney's director of education.

The final recommendations from the Hackney education stakeholders group to the

secretary of state for education and skills and Hackney LBC were made in June 2001

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