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Moving ahead together                                            Paul Brading

COUNCILLOR Paul Brading is new to the helm of education
for the Isle of Wight this year, as Cabinet member for
children’s services on the Isle of Wight; but his dedication to
ensuring excellence in Island education precedes him.

  Councillor Brading said: “The council’s                the commitment of Island pupils to
new administration is committed to delivering            achieving their very best.
educational excellence across the Island. Our
aim is that all schools will be rated as good by           “However, we need to ensure that
Ofsted and at least 25 per cent as outstanding           this continues and that our future
by 2020/21.                                              generations have the very best
                                                         opportunities available to them.
  “Our plan, launched earlier this year sets out         We are committed to driving up
four key focus areas that will drive the strategy        standards, step by step, for all
for school improvement on the Island:                    pupils whatever their background or
• Ensuring that all schools are good or better.          starting point.
• Building on the improvements in standards.
• Ensuring schools are good for all children.              “This improvement has already begun. I have
• Leading a cohesive system for children                 been thrilled to hear that Ofsted inspections
based on effective partnership working.                  this year have seen improvement, with Ryde
                                                         Academy, Niton Primary, St Blasius Primary,
  “Our strategic plan sets out the actions and           Northwood Primary and Newport Primary
underlines our commitment to working closely             moving from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.
with all schools on the Island, irrespective
of status and governance arrangements, to                  “While I may be new to this role, my
support their pursuit of high standards.                 experience of education on the Isle of Wight
                                                         is extensive. I have been a governor for over
  “Since the inception of our partnership with           20 years, so have a great deal of experience
Hampshire County Council, education on the               to bring to this role and a passion for
Island has improved markedly, meaning that               providing our young people with the very best
our children and young people’s opportunities            opportunities in life; which starts, fundamentally,
are steadily improving. The improvement                  with an excellent education. We are well on
in the local results achieved in last months             our way to securing a brighter future for Island
A-Level and GCSE examinations are testament              young people.”
to rigorous management, quality of teaching,
dedicated support of parents and carers, and

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