OFSTED praises Council for supporting school improvement

Date: 27/01/2015

The Council's arrangements for supporting school improvement have improved significantly and the quality of schools is improving at a faster rate than national averages, according to a new inspection by OFSTED. ​

A report to the Council's Cabinet on February 3 shows the success of plans implemented following an inspection in November 2013 which judged the Council's school improvement arrangements to be "ineffective."

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I am very pleased to see how much progress we have made - and are continuing to make - in the way we support our schools to help children and young people to achieve their potential.

"We are accelerating at a fantastic rate, compared to national averages and, while we acknowledge there is still more to do, parents can be confident that we are raising standards in schools.

"We have taken a new approach, changing our relationship with schools, building trust and working with headteachers and school leaders to improve the quality of education for our children and young people.

"OFSTED has verified this approach which shows very clearly that we are on the right track to deliver the best possible education we can in this district."

The report says OFSTED recognises that arrangements for school improvements have been strengthened and the Council has successfully built better relationships with head teacher.

The impact of the strengthened arrangements is evident in the rise of quality education, with the proportion of schools judged good or better increasing at a much faster rate than the national average and pupils' progress in Key Stages 1 and 2 rising at a faster rate than that seen nationally last year.

The report also says that gaps in performance between disadvantaged pupils is narrowing overall and generally at a faster rate than seen nationally.

Cabinet is being asked to approve the improvements being made and recognise that these demonstrate good progress towards achieving the Council's ambition for every child in the district to attend a school that is good or better.