Hackney Council bids to improve education picture by forming supergroup of borough’s schools

Deputy mayor of Hackney, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble has backed plans for the 'Hackney schools group'.

Deputy mayor of Hackney, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble has backed plans for the 'Hackney schools group'. - Credit: Archant

Plans to introduce a supergroup formed by the borough’s schools have been announced by Hackney Council.

The blueprint for the “Hackney Schools Group” is being considered in response to fears raised by headteachers about the impact of government education reform.

It follows the Hackney “schools for everyone” consultation – the biggest investigation into the borough’s education picture since 2003 – which highlighted forced academisation and selection based on academic ability as chief concerns.

The group will be discussed at the council’s next cabinet meeting on Monday night. It would be a legal entity with its own board, but individual schools would retain their own governing bodies and autonomy.

Although the group would be maintained and be accountable to the council, the onus would be on the schools to formally work together under “federation regulations”. The council also believes the group would provide schools with greater “financial security”, with education cuts being a key issue for educators this year.

Deputy mayor of Hackney Cllr Anntoinette Bramble said: “I’m pleased to be able to share these initial proposals, which we think offer an exciting opportunity for our schools to formalise their working relationship and continue to improve outcomes for every child in the borough.

“We want to find a way to maintain the continued improvement of educational performance and pupil outcomes, and help our schools remain maintained and accountable to the local authority, so we can continue to build on our success together.”

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If cabinet approves the proposals, the council will begin an “intensive engagement programme”, initially with headteachers and governors, and then with people living across the borough.

The group will run as a separate entity to the Hackney Learning Trust, a department in the council’s children and young people’s service responsible for children’s centres, schools and adult education.