By 2030, we will ensure that all young people leave Camden schools as knowledgeable, intellectually curious and collaborative learners who drive change for social good, with skills and achievements in a broad range of areas, including outstanding academic performance; and, through a relentless focus on inclusion and equity, we will improve the learning and outcomes of children from disadvantaged and vulnerable groups so there is no gap between them and national averages.
There is much to admire about schools in Camden. Ofsted has judged them all to be good or better and their results are above national averages. Nevertheless, as elsewhere in the country, children from poorer families continue to perform less well than those from homes with more obvious advantages.
To narrow the gap, alongside a relentless focus on improving academic performance, we also need a stronger approach to the development of broader skills. Employers prize creativity, originality, team-working, problem-solving and the ability to learn – skills that no machine can replicate. There is growing evidence that it is too often our most disadvantaged young people who do not develop the broader skills that employers need.
We have identified ten priorities for development to progress this ambition. These benefit all children but give disadvantaged children in particular, access to the skills, experiences and networks that they don’t necessarily get at home.
1. A good, local school place available for every Camden child
2. Every child a reader by 7
3. Knowledgeable and skilled leaders and teachers who love working and learning in Camden
4. An inclusive, inspiring, creative and horizon-broadening curriculum in all our schools
5. Harnessing technology to improve learning, schools and our local system
6. Successful transition between phases and settings for every child
7. Children’s health and well-being are supported through the ethos, curriculum and practices of school life
8. Ambitious, inclusive schools
9. Opportunity Centres to facilitate learning beyond the school day - Establish, in collaboration with schools and using Test and Learn, a network of Opportunity Centres operating at evenings, weekends and holidays to provide:
10. A Camden accountability framework which captures the real story of the school - trial a ‘Camden Record of Achievement’ as a new-style accountability system for schools which: