Education and Skills

Cabinet Member for Educations and Skills - Councillor Sarah RussellCllr Russell

Sarah is a University of Derby law graduate who became heavily involved in local campaigning, leading calls to protect care homes and children's centres in the city during 2010 and 2011.

Sarah was elected as Councillor for Abbey Ward in a by-election in 2011, retaining the seat for a further four-year term 12 months later. In May 2012, Sarah became the youngest Cabinet Member in the country when she assumed the portfolio for Business, Finance and Democracy at just 22 years of age.

During her time as a Cabinet Member, Sarah has taken a prominent role in introducing the Living Wage for Derby City Council employees, while also leading campaigns against pay-day lending and the Government's work programme.

In May 2015, Sarah took on a new challenge as the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills. The role includes responsibility for transforming the performance of schools in Derby, as well as creating innovative opportunities for adult and workplace learning.

Councillor Russell's main priority is:

  • To make sure that children and young people fulfil their potential and ensure all residents have access to life-long learning opportunities.

She will do this by:

  • Ensuring all children get the best possible education
  • Supporting young people into work, apprenticeships or further education
  • Developing innovative proposals for promoting lifelong learning.

Councillor Russell's responsibilities include:

  • school organisation and provision
  • quality, standards and performance
  • inclusion and intervention
  • adult learning.

Visit Councillor Russell's profile page on our Committee Management Information System for more information and contact details.

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