Mid-term report

ANGUS Council’s education service has had a successful mid-term report card.

There are 37 actions in total laid out in the performance report and 21 of those have already been completed, 16 are right on target for completion and none are overdue their deadline.

Actions completed include increasing the range and volume of physical activity and education in all schools, taking forward projects to reduce smoking in young people, increase the links between the school and community, increasing recycling and the number of schools awarded Eco-school status.

The report also shows that targets have been completed in establishing sustainable local programmes to deliver co-operative learning training for support staff and partner agencies, increasing the range and uptake of accredited vocational courses and implementing a maximum of 25 pupils in P1 classes in line with Scottish Government regulations.

The report also outlined the performance of the department against a range of performance indicators.

These included a fall in working days lost through sickness absence for teachers from 3.5% to 2.68% and an increase in the number of S4 pupils attaining English and maths at level three.

Among the actions on target for their deadline are increasing the number of schools which provide two hours of physical education each week, develop updated guidelines for schools and partner agencies, establishing the community learning and development service as a Scottish Credit and Qualifications Centre and establishing a framework to support arts and cultural education in Angus.

Education convener Peter Nield said:

“This report gives a useful snapshot of the progress being made by the education service in Angus against a number of key targets.

“I am pleased to note that of the 37 actions outlined in the report, all are either completed or on target.”

The report can be viewed in full on the Angus Council website.