Hounslow approves education partnership

A total of £500,000 will be invested over three years to fund a ‘schools led’ Hounslow Education Partnership (HEP) which Hounslow Council believes will further strengthen the quality of education in the borough.

HEP will be set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee, a not for profit organisation Schools Company, subject to Department of Education (DfE) approval. Any surplus earnings will be reinvested into further educational improvements across the partnership, which will be monitored by the Hounslow Council.

As a formal body, HEP can employ staff, own property, bid for funding and can enter contractual arrangements. The HEP board will not be responsible for individual schools, but will have the authority to act on behalf of all schools on approved projects.

The school company set to launch in April 2018, with the aim of being fully operational from September 2018, is expected to provide additional capacity and flexibility to deliver school led improvement services.

Schools will shape the services they need through membership of the partnership which is inclusive of all state-funded Hounslow schools. It will help promote and secure the highest standards of education and will draw on the skills and expertise in our schools and beyond.

73 of 79 schools have already signed up ‘in principle’ to be members of the new Hounslow Education Partnership.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet member of Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council said: “By working in partnership, HEP has a clear vision of a collective responsibility and ambition for the educational opportunity of all children and young people in Hounslow.

“Our schools have been successfully working closely together, and have contributed to the high quality of education that is offered to the borough’s local families, currently 94.2 percent of Hounslow pupils attend a school graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

“Outcomes at the end of the primary phase are well above national averages and secondary schools build on this strength to deliver headline progress measured in the top 10 local authorities nationally.”

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