In 2017, 282,603 school children were being taught at under-performing secondary schools. Many of these schools are in coastal locations like Blackpool.
Blackpool was an ‘Opportunity Area’ and whilst some school subject areas were being supported, nothing was in place for English and outcomes were a cause for concern. Literacy, reading, and oracy were also at poor levels in Blackpool and were impacting on achievement both generally and in other subject disciplines.
A rapid intervention project involving a range of stakeholders was agreed. The Alliance for Learning Teaching School was commissioned to co-ordinate the project (October 2017). There were 8 secondary schools, including the PRU (Pupil Referral unit) involved and a financial package agreed over two years. Targets and expectations were made clear at the outset and an English Review Team was also established as part of this work