Education, Learning and Skills

East Sussex remains, on average, below the national and regional levels at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A Level. Many new learning opportunities have been created, especially for adult education, but provision is not equal across the county. Rural areas in particular need to be targeted.

Our priority is to provide high quality education, learning and skills development opportunities for all by building on good performance and improving poor performance.

Our key tasks are to:

  • Establish integrated services for children under five, and their families, through a network of children’s centres and increase the take up and quality of early years education.
  • Provide and increase accessible vocational and academic, lifelong learning and skills development opportunities for all, including people with special educational needs and people in later life.
  • Develop early years support for children, their parents and carers.
  • Raise educational achievement and skill levels across the county.
  • Reduce the educational attainment and skills gap for people from deprived and vulnerable backgrounds and disadvantaged areas.
  • Develop adult learning provision and take-up across the county.
  • Increase employer involvement and satisfaction with skills training.
  • Enable all young people to be in education, employment or training.