The agenda for quality;Raising standards for all

26th June 1998 at 01:00
Corporate Community Investment into Education.

Listed (right) are examples of the ways business can contribute to raising standards for all, based on proven practice and the Principles of Corporate Community Investment promoted by Business in the Community.

LEADERSHIP

* revise company policy and make a public statement of commitment to take action on the business agenda to raise standards in education.

* nominate and promote a company ambassador, drawn from the main board, to promote scale and quality action across company divisions focused on schools and colleges serving needy communities.

* position the company as a partner helping to raise standards with national and local government and delivery partnerships in localities where the company has a stake.

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

* create a human resource policy to encourage employees to be volunteer readers, student mentors or headteacher mentors as part of staff development.

* brief all line managers and supervisors on the opportunities to develop people by working on education programmes, including management development.

* encourage voluntary action in schools and colleges through company time, high profile awards and grants for volunteers to use in schools.

POLICY AND STRATEGY

* review company experience in education to-date and re-focus future activity on basic skills, school performance, young people at-risk and disadvantaged communities.

* set targets for the mobilisation of company employees, grants, gifts-in-kind and placements and training for schools in needy areas.

* link support for schools on raising standards with support for young people under the New Deal and Welfare to Work programmes.

RESOURCES

* support voluntary action with set up grants, bursaries, gifts in kind (including computers and access to company training schemes) and paid company time.

* encourage employees to support local schools, including those attended by their children, by offering company time and development grants for focused contributions such as reading tutors, student mentors and headteacher mentors.

PROCESSES

* review the scale and impact of current volunteerism and develop new programmes focused on raising standards in schools and colleges serving needy communities.

* work with or establish local consortia of companies, including suppliers, to maximise resource and work through partnerships such as education business partnerships, training and enterprise councils and local authorities.

IMPACT ON SOCIETY

* set agreed objectives and performance measures and monitor impact on student achievement and set against national and local targets.

* consult teachers, parents and partner organisations to improve quality and impact, build scale of action and focus on residual under-achievement in needy communities.

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