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Education and Support for Adults in the Spotlight

South Tyneside's schools performance will be scrutinised by councillors at a meeting next week.

A report to members of the People Select Committee highlights that more than 87 per cent of local schools are rated as being either 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, the education watchdog.

Councillors will be told that achievement at Early Years continues to show improvement while young people in South Tyneside exceed the national average score, with the exception of science, at Key Stages 1 and 2. The number of young people with a standard GCSE pass matches national levels while the number of students achieving two A Levels is higher than the national average.

Members will also receive a presentation on the new Let's Talk team which is helping adults in the Borough to access the right support at the right time to help them stay well and independent.

As a result of the introduction of the new team, more people are receiving a more personalised approach in a timely manner.

Councillors will be told that investment in training, staff commitment to the new service and improved co-ordinated working has resulted in better outcomes for people.

Councillor John McCabe, Chair of the People Select Committee, said: "Despite having to change the way we deliver services as a result of government cuts, it would seem there is still plenty to be proud of in South Tyneside.

"I would encourage people keen to find out more about these two areas to come along to the meeting."

The meeting will be held at 10am on 20 March in South Shields Town Hall. All are welcome.

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