• In December, the Government named children’s services in Leeds as one of six exemplar providers of local authority children’s services
• The number of children in care in Leeds has reduced by 14.8% between March 2012 and October 2015 – compared to a national increase of 3.7% between March 2012 to March 2015. Improves outcomes for children and saves approximately £15m between April 2012 and November 2015.
• Between July 2011 and October 2015 the NEET [those young people Not in Education, Employment or Training] figure has reduced by 34.6% or 744 children.
• In November, a £45m council investment was approved to create world class provision on four sites for pupils with social and emotional mental health needs through a new academy.
Leeds Labour Council has also
• Launched Leeds Baby Steps to deliver perinatal support and education to families with complex lives.
The Child-Friendly Leeds campaign has celebrated its third birthday and the support of over 350 ambassadors.
The Labour Council has been promoting physical activity – for all ages:
• Approximately 100 new people continue to register for Leeds Lets Get Active every day and over 4,000 visits are being made each week.
• 171 primary schools are now signed up to the Active Schools Programme, supporting Leeds schools, children and families to deliver high quality physical activity, PE, and sport across the city.
Labour has also been improving educational achievement and closing achievement gaps
• Over 87% of children attend a Leeds school that is rated good or outstanding by Ofsted – compared to 82% nationally and 77% regionally.
• Meanwood C of E Primary School won the Sunday Times State Primary School of the Year Award for 2015, out of more than 17,000 primary schools. Moortown Primary School was also listed in the Sunday Times top 200 list of state primary schools nationally.
• Provisional results showed a 3% increase in pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths. Leeds has the highest attainment on this indicator of the core cities. Nationally there was a slight decline.
• Increase in pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate; this is now in line with national rates and above that of both statistical neighbours and Core Cities – a group of the largest UK cities, of which Leeds is one.
• At the end of Key Stage 2 the proportion of children making expected progress in school is above the national rate in reading, writing and maths.
• A £10m state of the art campus opened in October as part of West Oaks Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre, with space for 150 pupils.
On May 5 you will have a chance to pass your own judgement on local government, in elections for local councillors.
We stand by our achievements.
Vote Labour, and give us a chance to continue to build on them.