People are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living

Are we achieving our targets?

Green – 0; Amber – 3; Red – 1; M – 12

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 six of the eight Key Performance Indicators are reporting as in measurement. For five of the six measures, the data will be available from January 2019.

For two Key Stage 2 measures Cheshire West, can report improving performance compared to March 2018. Target data for the two Key Stage two measures reporting as ‘M’ will be available in January 2018 when national data is published. One reports as Amber, being within 5% of the target. This measure is Key Stage 2, the Expected Standard for all pupils, which has now reached 63%, within one percentage point of the target of 64%. Two Key Stage 4 measures report declining performance, regarding reducing the gap between Children in Care, 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 in June 2018, and performance has improved since March 2018, however the measure continues to report as Red, at 52.7% against a target of 60%.

Of the 79 care leaver individuals who are NEET, 15 are due to disability/illness, 14 for pregnancy/parenting and 50 for other reasons. In respect of those care leavers who are currently NEET for other reasons there are currently 10 young males (of the 29 in this cohort) who are in custody. In order to support care leavers, the leaving care team:

  • Regularly monitor care leavers who are NEET for other reasons. Work is then undertaken to motivate and support those likely to gain EET destinations.
  • Have recruited additional Personal Advisors to assist in increasing the EET population. This will give Personal Advisors a slight reduction in their caseloads, which will allow them to provide more direct support to those requiring it in order to gain EET status and reach their true potential.
  • Are in the process of developing a bid for European Social Fund funding to gain funding for EET Support Workers posts to support care leavers as they enter and become acclimatised to being in the work place.
  • Are working with Spectra First (a service commissioned by the DfE to forge links with the business industry to develop apprenticeship/employment opportunities for Care Leavers) to promote EET opportunities for care leavers in Cheshire West.

Wider Performance Indicators

Within the wider performance indicators, the measure – increasing the proportion of children and young people attending a good or better secondary school, measured by Ofsted results – reports as Amber, having narrowly missed its target at mid-year, at 96% against a target of 96.4%.


People are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living

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Analysis and issues

Strong 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 the first six months of 2018-19 include:

  • The Council’s Education Service and Edsential continue to work closely together to ensure that the professional development activity offered by Edsential on a traded-basis and the statutory work of the Council are aligned. Mental health and well-being is a good example of this. There has been significant joint working in the area of school governance.
  • Work is underway to develop the second West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission (PTC). A range of new Community Inspirers have been identified and have had initial meetings, supported by the team and Inspirers from the first Commission The first group of inspirers will now act as Ambassadors for the second Commission. Planning work will continue during the winter prior to the formal launch on January 31st 2019. Once launched, the work of the Commission will be agreed and led by the Inspirers themselves. Opportunities to use the work of the Commission to help provide holistic support to families will be explored and implemented where appropriate. The second commission will be working with Winsford academy to capture the voice of young people and better understand the impact of poverty on them and their families. The achievements from the first PTC are documented in the final report which demonstrates how the Inspirers have influenced project and services to improve the support that families affected by poverty access such as the hub in Wyvern House, Winsford, the Local Offer and standard letters issued to DWP clients.
  • Work Zones are operating strongly with year on year increases in registrations and job outcomes. The Council are on target to over-achieve on our annual target for job outcomes and improve on last year’s strong performance. 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 our disclosure processes. Through the Inequalities budget, the Council has additional access to Counselling and Wellbeing Services in Ellesmere Port and Winsford.
  • The Learning Disability Partnership Board’s Employment sub-group has been established to bring coherence to the pathways of employment support for both young people and adults with LD and an activity plan for 18/19 has been developed to map progress.
  • From April 2018 the new Local Living Wage rate of £8.75 for the period April 2018 – March 2019 has been agreed. From April 2018, all directly employed staff, aged 18 or over are paid a minimum of £8.75 per hour. A piece of work has commenced to align the pay structure for April 2019 to resolve the new NJC pay spine and to include consolidation of current and future Local Living Wage rates.
  • 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.

Next Reporting Period: The key milestones which are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2018-19 include:

  • Development of teaching school alliances, including working with the West Midlands Teaching School Council, in line with the priorities of the Council and Cheshire West Education Improvement Board (CWEIB).
  • The development of an offer of holistic support for families through working with the Poverty Truth Commission.