People are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living

Are we achieving our targets?

Green – 4; Amber – 5; Red – 6; M – 1

Are we getting better?


Improved performance


Stayed the same


Requires improvement


Further information is needed or the latest measure is unavailable

Analysis and issues

The table above shows that five of the eight Key Performance Indicators are reported as Red. Two are Green, and one is reporting as being in measurement.

The two green measures relate to Key Stage 2 measures which report continued high performance, one of which is the Key Stage Two gap between all pupils and Children in Care in achieving the expected standard, which stands at 21% compared to the target of 30%. The Key Stage 2, the Expected Standard for all pupils measure, has now reached 64%, against the target of 64%.

The five red measures relate to one measure at Key Stage 2, three measures at Key Stage 3, and one measure relating to Care Leavers being in Education, Employment or Training. The Key Stage Two measure which reports as Red relates to the gap between the performance of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children, which is currently 25% against the target of 20%. Three Key Stage 4 measures report red status, regarding reducing the gap between Children in Care, the gap between advantaged and non-disadvantaged children and the Progress 8 Scores for all pupils.

The proportion of Care Leavers who are in Education, Employment or Training (EET) has maintained performance since it last reported at Quarter Three, and performance has improved since March 2018, however the measure continues to report as Red, at 52% against a target of 60%. The proportion of working age adults with NVQ level 3 or equivalent has increased by 1.3% to 59% since year-end 2017-18, but has narrowly missed its target of 61%.

Of the 88 individuals who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), 15 are due to disability/illness, 13 for pregnancy/parenting, 9 are in custody, and 51 for other reasons. In order to support care leavers, the leaving care team:

  • Regularly monitor care leavers who are Not in Education, Employment or Training for other reasons. Work is then undertaken to motivate and support those likely to gain Education, Employment or Training destinations.
  • A work stream has been developed to ensure the recording of Not in Education, Employment or Training /Education, Employment or Training status is consistent across both the Liquid Logic System and NCCIS system. NCCIS is a local database that provides local authorities with the information they need to support young people to engage in education and training; to identify those who are not participating and to plan services that meet young people’s needs.
  • Since October the Leaving Care team and the Young Peoples Services have met regularly to share working practice and knowledge.
  • Early Help and Prevention has applied for European Social Funding through the sub-regional group. Part of the application has a particular focus on targeted work for Care Leavers. This will work on a supported employment model and enable extra resources to be given to Care Leavers for a period of three years. This will come in the form of extra support workers and funding for employability such as transport costs, interview clothes etc. This support will take the form of case loading all young people from 15 – 19 to a worker. This worker will take the young people to interviews, support CV writing, support training courses, mentor and empower that young person. The worker will be jointly managed and based within Early Help and Care Leaver teams.

Wider Performance Indicators

Within the wider performance indicators, the measure – Reduce the proportion of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), is at its lowest level since recording within this framework began in 2016, and is Green, at 2% against the target of 2.7%.


People are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living

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Positive progress is being made to meet the actions set out within this outcome plan. Examples of the progress made across actions which are on-track or delivered within this outcome plan in 2018-19 include:

  • Edsential continues to deliver a wide range of services to schools delivering high quality in a cost-effective way. In the context of challenges over schools funding and aggressive marketing by private providers across the system, Edsential still continues to maintain a strong market share.
  • There continues to be close working between the Education Service and Edsential to ensure that there is an alignment of priorities. Edsential has been commissioned by the LA to deliver some programmes in line with Council priorities.
  • A new procurement protocol is in place. Corporate procurement processes have been amended to include the council’s ambitions linked to the Local Living Wage. The Council has produced a Social Value Guidance Document which links to the Council duty under the Social Value Act and incorporates the Council’s ambition regarding the Local Living Wage. The Council encourages contractors to become accredited living wage employers and pay the Local Living Wage rate to their employees. The Social Value Charter has now been agreed between the Council and Unison. Through some of the Council’s key contracts we have secured:
    • 2,145 volunteering hours
    • 17 Apprenticeships
    • 8 Graduate Traineeships
    • Employability Support
    • Fully engaged all-age Not in Education, Employment or Training Programme
    • 3,194 Work Experience hours
  • The Council continues to raise the profile of the performance of disadvantaged children with heads and through the Council school intervention work. The Guided Maths programme is in its final term and schools are predicting improved outcomes for disadvantaged children in 2019. The Reserve Fund programme has appointed a project lead and schools have worked in clusters to submit requests for transition programmes to support disadvantage children to improve outcomes.
  • The Council continues to annually monitor the performance of all schools to celebrate good performance and challenge underperformance. System leaders are commissioned to support needs of targeted and specialist schools. The Council have worked closely with the Regional schools commissioner in relation to education strategy generally and in relation to specific schools/academies. The updated School Improvement Strategy was approved by Cabinet in October, and published data shows Cheshire West and Chester Ofsted outcomes remain higher than national at both primary and secondary school level. Furthermore, there is a strong track record of securing improvement in schools previously judged as requires improvement.
  • Work Zones are operating strongly with year on year increases in registrations and job outcomes. The Council has over-achieved on the annual target for job outcomes. The Council now have a range of additional Employment Support contracts operating out of Work Zones across the borough targeting vulnerable groups (e.g. adults in primary and secondary mental health care and adults with learning disabilities and autism). All Work Zones have an integrated health element within their operating model and the Council has an effective suicide prevention strategy in place as part of disclosure processes. Through the Inequalities budget, the Council has additional access to Counselling and Wellbeing Services in Ellesmere Port and Winsford.
  • In terms of promoting a well-managed rollout of Universal Credit across the borough, Citizens Advice have a Council contract to provide digital support in making and maintaining Universal Credit claims.
  • Regarding the promotion of the local living wage, the Council has now received confirmation of a two year pay deal from the national employers and national unions. The new rate has been updated on the local living wage leaflets and new leaflets printed. Updates also made on the local living wage web page. The sign-up form has also been updated.
  • Discussions are in place to introduce a corporate social responsibility dashboard, managed by procurement to ensure progress is made against contracted milestones.

Next Reporting Period

The following are examples of tasks and milestones that will be ongoing in 2019-2020:

  • Ongoing promotion of the adoption of the local living wage;
  • Ongoing investment in the closing the gap between looked after children and those receiving free school meals and all children.
  • The ongoing development of an offer of holistic support for families through working with the second Poverty Truth Commission.