Council leader Heather Joyce has met with headteachers in Cardiff to talk about her vision for education in the city.
Coun Joyce was joined by the authority’s new cabinet member for education Coun Julia Magill at a forum with headteachers from all of Cardiff’s primary and secondary schools to discuss raising standards in education.
Cardiff council said Coun Joyce recognised the commitment and dedication show by headteachers and their staff, and discussed working closely with schools to improve performance across the city.
Addressing the forum, Coun Joyce focused on the challenge of making sure all young people in Cardiff have an opportunity to fulfil their potential through education and training.
She said: “If we are serious about tackling the challenge of the increasing number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in our communities, then we have to get education right at the earliest stages in a child’s life to prevent young people ever becoming NEETs in the first place.”
“Education is a key priority for Cardiff which is why we are determined to ensure that where there is room for improvement that improvement shall be made.”
New cabinet member Coun Magill talked about the importance of school leadership, particularly at the headteacher level.
Coun Magill said: “We have many excellent school leaders in Cardiff but, for the sake of the children and young people in our care, we need the satisfactory to become good and the good to become excellent.
“It is imperative that we do all that we can to ensure that our pupils have the best possible chances to succeed and that everyone in the education system achieves their full potential.”
What do you think of Coun Joyce and Coun Magill’s priorities when it comes to education? What do you think could improve standards in Cardiff’s schools?