A Fairer Start
A FAIRER START
Giving our young people the best, fairest start in life is crucial for not only their own futures but for the future of our communities. There is so much potential amongst our young people and we want to ensure that we create an environment where they can thrive.
Access to high-quality teaching and resource shouldn’t be determined by your postcode or your school, which is why we are committed to delivering fantastic education and youth services across our seven towns for every stage of young people’s journeys.
Over the past four years, we created the award-winning Ealing Learning Partnership, delivering a successfully integrated youth service whilst also actively challenging the academisation of schools in the borough.
We also have delivered targeted support for learners with special educational needs, ensuring that they receive the support they need to thrive and achieve. We’re also committed to providing great outcomes for those in care – our national award-winning Brighter Futures programme is helping to ensure intensive support is focused on those on the edge of care, and we have one of the best records of care leaders achieving higher education in the country.
We also stepped in to mitigate some of the worst effects of the pandemic for children when the government wouldn’t, such as providing free school meals over the school holidays.
We want to go even further for our young people over the next four years. Amazing progress has been made for children across Ealing and we want to continue ensuring that no child is left behind.
WE PLEDGE TO
Do everything we can to help children catch up on their education in every school, campaign for the money and resources schools need, and continue to expand our Breakfast and After Schools Clubs to ensure every child is supported.
Deliver a new state of the art youth centre in Southall, putting it into the hands of young people, amplify the voices of young people who are underrepresented, and expand our youth service to enable at least 300 more young people to access the specialist support they need, and increase the number of young people involved by 10% year on year.
Bring the entire community of Ealing alongside the whole of the public sector together as ‘Our Horizons’ , ensuring that every child in, or leaving care can fulfil their dreams and their potential, by guaranteeing their access to education, training, jobs as well as social networks to lead independent, happy and fulfilled lives as adults.
Launch “Ealing: It Takes a Town”, bringing the entire borough together and build up towards ensuring every child from whatever background, by the time they have left education has had the opportunity to expand their horizons and experience new social, cultural, and learning opportunities.
Extend our support for children and young people with additional education needs, acting quickly to ensure families are supported to identify at the earliest possible age the support they need, and empower every child to feel safe and welcome within the community as they grow into adulthood.
Work even harder to support families, prevent breakdowns, reduce the number of children and young people who need to be taken into care, and invest £1.5m in working with families to prevent those on the edge, falling into care.
Combat the rise on online bullying, harassment, and harm by campaigning for greater protections on the internet, promoting online safety and support the campaign for an independent schools-based counselling service for young people, and push the NHS harder to expand provision for Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
We will fight against any attempt by the government to force our schools to become academies, which put profit making ahead of young people’s education, and instead bring our local authority schools closer together, through our mutual learning partnership alongside pupils, parents, teachers and the local community.
Ensure every child in Ealing continues to have access to good and sustainable schools in their local community. We will continue to invest in schools so every child can learn in a modern and fit for purpose building and expand special educational needs places by at least 70.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure every child who is born or grows up in Ealing has the best possible start in life, and is able to lead a healthy and happy life full of potential” Cllr Kamaljit Nagpal - Cabinet Member for A Fairer Start