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Portsmouth raises the standard of learningLast updated: 22 October 2012 09:19
A flag to symbolise the commitment to raise the standard of learning and the aspirations of children throughout Portsmouth is being raised in Guildhall Square this week.
The Learning Flag has been designed from an original drawing by Oscar Lake, a pupil from St Jude's Church of England Primary School, Portsmouth. It will be raised on a flagpole in the square by the pupil on Thursday 25 October in a brief ceremony that will include two songs by the 60-strong Portsmouth Voices Choir.
The ceremony will mark the launch of a ‘Raising the Standard of Learning’ campaign to further improve education in Portsmouth. It is also about encouraging even greater involvement by parents and carers in the education of their children and they are being asked to share their tips and advice on how they help their children learn.
Councillor Rob Wood is cabinet member for Children Services at Portsmouth City Council. He said: “This is an exciting time for learning in Portsmouth. Our pupils have achieved their best ever school tests and GSCE results this year and we are working with schools and other partners to deliver a plan to continue to raise the standard of the learning.
“It is crucial we also raise the expectations and belief in what all our children can achieve. With an inspirational message and colourful design we hope the Learning Flag will symbolise our commitment to raising standards and the aspirations of our children.”
Parents and carers in Portsmouth are also invited to share their experiences of helping children read, learn and get the most from their education.
Di Mitchell is head of education and strategic commissioning at the council and she said: “We realise the real key to helping children achieve is what happens not only in school but also at home and the influence of parents, grandparents and carers is vital.
“So we are asking grans, granddads, mums, dads and carers to let us know their advice and tips on how they help their children achieve their best. We will then share the tips and advice we receive to help everyone raise the standard of learning.”
Tips and advice on helping children learn should be emailed by December 14 to:
The Learning Flag will remain raised in the Guildhall Square until the end of October and then flown in the square at the beginning of every school term.
Schools were invited to submit entries into a competition to design the Learning Flag to represent the future of learning in Portsmouth. A panel including representatives of the city’s Parent and Carer Board, a governor and headteacher selected the winning design. Pupils whose designs were highly commended by the panel will be awarded with a book token at the flag raising ceremony.
Parents and carers are also welcomed to a ‘Parent and Carer’ board meeting in Portsmouth Guildhall on October 25 to at 9.45am to find out more about the plans to improve education and join in with the campaign.
Booking is essential and for help with transport, to find out more or to book a place, please contact Caroline on 023 9268 8840.
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