New help for our troubled schools

LINDSAY WHITEROD ... aims to improve education across the borough.
LINDSAY WHITEROD ... aims to improve education across the borough.

A NEW education partnership has been signed to help failing South Tyneside schools.

South Tyneside Academy Trust will see the borough’s college and its partners unite with the council’s education department to improve schools identified as needing specialist support as and when necessary.

An example of the partnership was established in January last year when the college became an academy sponsor of Ridgeway Primary School, in Park Avenue, South Shields.

It was signed by Lindsey Whiterod OBE, the college’s chief executive, and Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for children, young people and families.

Ms Whiterod said: “The academy trust will work with the council and our partners to support the goals of improving education across the borough.

“As a college, we obviously have a heavy focus on education both in South Tyneside and more widely across the North East and our partners include education bodies and employers.

“This is about working closely with local partners and schools and collaboratively using our skills to improve education attainment for the region’s young people.”

Coun Atkinson said: “The memorandum represents the cementing of a very valuable relationship between South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside College within a specific remit.

“It provides a defined framework that will bring many potential benefits to schools and pupils by keeping the extra support that may be needed within South Tyneside.”