Birmingham schools could be transformed by private sector

April 14th, 2015 Category: Schools

Businesses could help to radically transform the schools in Birmingham, according to new research.

Tim Boyes, chairman of Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP), believes that the private sector could result in schools being less polarised and divided.

Birmingham City Council selected Mr Boyes to drive change at schools in the city after fears about extremists operating in schools.

One of the ideas proposed by Mr Boyes is to split schools into districts that would boost standards in the city.

Currently, just 53 per cent of Birmingham's 418 schools have been rated as 'good' by Ofsted, which is seven per cent lower than the national average.

However, the Birmingham Post reported that 24 schools (six per cent) were ranked as 'inadequate'.

Mr Boyes told the Post that many children were forced into attending failing schools and parents had no choice over where their children could study.

He said that enterprises such as the law firm Pinsent Masons could play a key role in closing skills gaps.

In addition, charities and voluntary organisations could also get involved in transforming schools in the area, according to the plans.

Commenting, councillor Brigid Jones, the council's cabinet member for children and family services, said: "Education has the power to transform lives. Every child in Birmingham has the right to a fantastic childhood and the best preparation for adult life in the modern world."

The Post revealed that Birmingham City Council has invested £11.7 million to the BEP to implement a 50 point plan which they created. 

The plan aims to clean up schools in the area, while £500,000 will be spent on training school governors.

Earlier the government announced their intention to inject £367 million into schools across the UK this year.

The money will be spent on helping schools to address building condition issues or to support expansions.