09 February 2018
The University of Brighton Academies Trust welcomes the release of the Department for Education’s Hastings Opportunity Area delivery plan. As one of twelve Opportunity Areas, Hastings will receive a share of £72 million funding to boost opportunities for young people in Hastings.
The plan, developed by the Hastings partnership board including Dr John Smith, Chief Executive of the Trust, aims to equip all children and young people with the essential foundations they need to achieve their potential and be successful in the world.
Outcomes for children and young people in Hastings are improving and this plan will build on that success and make Hastings a centre for excellence by focusing on four priority areas.
• Making sure all children and young people have the literacy skills they need to succeed – driving improvements in literacy for children and young people in Hastings, through a new £250,000 literacy campaign, to get more young people reading every day. Funding of £300,000 will also be provided to support local teachers develop their skills to help improve literacy.
• Equipping children and young people with world-class maths skills – boosting excellence in maths by improving maths teaching in all four mainstream secondary schools and eight primary schools across Hastings, backed by more than £500,000. The plans also aim to raise the quality of maths post-16 by working with the University of Brighton and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.
• Improving mental health and resilience for young people in Hastings - supporting young people with mental health concerns so they know where to go and what help they can access. This will build on the success of programmes like the i-Rock service, offering advice and support for emotional and mental wellbeing.
• Broadening horizons of young people and developing vital employment skills - through high quality careers advice and helping them to develop the wider life skills that will aid the transition to adult life, such as access to activities through sports and volunteering.
Helen Howard, Director of School Improvement, University of Brighton Academies Trust, contributed to the development of the plan’s improving literacy project with several of the Trust’s Principals. Helen said: “I am delighted that our academies will have access to a range of additional funding and resources to support the improvements we have already made for our pupils in Hastings. All of our academies will be participating, either in receipt of support, uptake of training or by leading programmes”.
Dr John Smith, Chief Executive, University of Brighton Academies Trust said: “I believe this plan will have a significant impact for Hastings over the coming years. By the end of the funding period I anticipate that we will also be sharing best practice with other schools locally and nationally. We will continue to work together with our academies and other providers of education in the town to achieve excellence and improve outcomes for all children and young people”.