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Vision

Education Leeds has a vision for brilliant learning, in brilliant places, led by brilliant people.

We want all children and young people to be engaged in learning that:

  • challenges their expectations;
  • raises their aspirations, confidence, self-esteem and knowledge;
  • enables them to fulfil their ambitions;
  • celebrates and embraces diversity;
  • equips children and young people as a skilled 21st century workforce; and
  • supports them to be healthy, happy, safe and successful throughout their lives.

We will help all schools to be good, improving and inclusive. We will ensure that all children and young people are making good progress in their learning. We will narrow the achievement gaps that exist for groups of children and young people who are vulnerable to poor learning outcomes. As a strong Children Leeds partner we will contribute to ensuring a successful partnership and the full engagement of schools as partners, and commit to improving outcomes for children, young people and families; especially those at greatest risk of poor outcomes.

Our mission is to build brilliant learners and the achieve brilliant outcomes – whatever it takes!

Values

  • Inventing the way
    Innovative, dynamic, responsive and flexible
  • Passionate and committed
    Because we want to be, to make an impact and to improve outcomes
  • Empowering and nurturing
    Supporting people, children, families and colleagues, to achieve brilliant results
  • Whatever it takes
    Disciplined, relentless, uncompromising, efficient and effective in pursuit of our goals

Overview
Education Leeds was established by Leeds City Council in 2001 to take on responsibility for providing leadership and support to all Leeds schools. Our purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people by working with schools, other learning settings and partners.

Education Leeds promotes and celebrates a culture that achieves our vision, purpose and objectives.

Board members
Education Leeds is a not-for-profit company, wholly owned by Leeds City Council. Education Leeds is responsible for providing all education support services that relate to children and young people of statutory school age.

Chair - Professor Stephen Parkinson
Director - James Rogers, assistant chief executive Leeds City Council
Non-executive director - Gary Lumby MBE
Director - Neil Evans, Leeds City Council
Non-executive director - Parin Bahl

The board directors agree future plans and policies, submit them to the council for approval, and monitor performance and progress against these plans for the effective delivery of services.

Chief executive
The chief executive of Education Leeds is Chris Edwards. You can read his blog here: http://interesting-times-in-leeds.blogspot.com/

Key strands of work and services

Education Leeds delivers services to a wide range of people and we are committed to all of our customers. We work alongside 219 primary schools, 39 secondary schools and 6 specialist inclusive learning centres. There are over 106,900 young people in our schools, who along with their parents and carers (and around 17,769 school-based staff) are all our customers.

Other key stakeholders are Leeds City Council, members of the public, the statutory, business and voluntary sectors, and external agencies such as the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), and Ofsted.

Over the coming year Education Leeds will implement strategic plans for the company and for the schools of Leeds based on the following key priorities:

Key strategic priorities within the company are to:

  • improve leadership and management;
  • improve service efficiency and effectiveness;
  • improve our performance management systems; and
  • improve our resource management systems.

Key strategic priorities with our schools are to:

  • develop school leadership and management capacity, including the development of more effective approaches to performance and resource management;
  • improve the quality and outcomes of education for all children aged 3-11;
  • improve the quality and outcomes of education for all young people aged 11-19; and
  • extend inclusive learning for all children and young people.

Current organisational structure chart of Education Leeds

History of the organisation
Education Leeds is a not-for-profit company, formed in April 2001 and wholly owned by Leeds City Council. From 2001 to 2006, the company was a unique partnership between Leeds City Council and Capita and operated under a direction from the secretary of state for education and skills. Education Leeds had a five-year contract with the council making it responsible for providing all education support services that relate to children and young people of statutory school age.

In April 2006 the secretary of state withdrew their powers of direction and Leeds City Council decided to continue the contract with Education Leeds. This ended the five-year strategic partnership with Capita.

Achievements

  • Winner of the Beacon Award for Healthy Schools 2007
  • Winner of the BETT Award for Leadership and Management Innovation for Bluewave Swift 2008
  • First education team to gain the new Customer Excellence Standard 2008
  • Nominated for the Carl Bertlesmann Prize ‘Integration through education: Fairness for all’ 2008
  • Recognised by the House of Lords for work with International New Arrivals
  • Recognised through one of Ofsted’s thematic surveys as an example of good practice for social responsibility and community cohesion
  • Accredited by the National Autism Society for our STARS Autism Outreach service
  • Awarded the VI Quality Mark 2008 for our Visually Impaired Team
  • Recognised as excellent practitioners by the House of Lords for our Chinese Supplementary Schools
  • Winner of the Partnerships for Schools Excellence in BSF Awards 2008: Best Operational Local Education Partnership
  • Winner of the Partnerships for Schools Excellence in BSF Awards 2008: Innovation in ICT
  • Times 100 Best Companies ‘One to Watch’ 2009
  • Highly Commended in the Partnerships for Schools Excellence in BSF Awards 2009: Innovation in ICT
  • Highly Commended in the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Making a Difference Awards 2009: Making the Connections – Be Smart: Use a Condom
  • Highly Commended in the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Making a Difference Awards 2009: Transforming Through Efficiency –Leeds Local Education Partnership
  • Winner of the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Making a Difference Awards 2009: Outstanding Contribution – Visually Impaired Team (VIT)
  • Winner of the Leeds Architecture Awards 2009: New Building – Pudsey Grangefield School
  • Times 75 ‘Best Company’ Public Sector 2010
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