With 16 Sure Start Children's Centres with services accessible
from a total of 27 different locations across Wirral all providing
a variety of advice and support for parents and carers the centres
act as a central point where families can access vital information
and services from a team of professionals working in a wide range
of fields. This includes information and advice on early years
childcare and education, family support and outreach services,
child and family health services and links to employment and
Wirral's primary schools are a vibrant community, appreciating the needs and rights of all children to a high quality education. They have an enviable reputation based on the distinction that there are a significant number of good and outstanding schools. There are 91 primary, junior and infant schools, six special schools providing a breadth of learning experiences and three nursery schools in a range of interesting and stimulating environments. Literacy, numeracy, science and ICT are given prime importance whilst schools seek to provide a wealth of experiences through the foundation subjects. Schools are encouraged to work collaboratively and share good practice for the benefit of pupils and staff.
Standards of attainment are very good by the end of Key Stage 1 and pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 perform better than the national average and schools in Wirral's statistical neighbours.
Wirral has a rich tapestry of secondary school provision. There are 22 secondary schools in total and Wirral maintains all-ability (comprehensive) schools and grammar schools. Although there is a wide variety of schools, there is significant collaboration with each other and at all levels within the schools. Significant support and advice is offered through the Wirral Education Quality school improvement service level agreement.