FORMER Saints chief executive Sean McGuire is set to chair a new education task force aimed at driving up standards at St Helens schools.
Barrie Grunewald, whose new mantra is “every child matters, no school left behind”, revealed the innovative move in his first speech as council leader since ousting Marie Rimmer.
He said: “The task force will focus on achieving improvements in education for St Helens – we’re committed to doing everything we can to help improve attainment for our young people.
“At the moment, not a single secondary school in St Helens in rated as ‘outstanding’. I pledge to work with our schools to help them reach ‘outstanding’ status – something which will require much more collaboration between all schools.
“We will intervene in underperforming schools and will use all powers available to us as a local authority. I’ve also created a new cabinet position for education and lifelong learning to help give our young people the best chance in life.”
Coun Grunewald added: “We must all strive for excellence for all. Too many young people end up leaving St Helens because they don’t believe their futures lie here. I want that to change.
“Every child should grow up with high hopes.”