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Suffolk: Council welcomes Ofsted’s “sobering” criticism of school failings

11:08 04 March 2014

Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, skills and young people, welcomes the report by Ofsted in council failings of school improvements

Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, skills and young people, welcomes the report by Ofsted in council failings of school improvements

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Ofsted’s damning report of the council’s failures in supporting Suffolk’s schools “makes sobering reading”, says education chief.

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Councillor Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, skills and young people, welcomes the report, which accuses the council of being ineffective in its arrangements for support school improvement.

Ofsted had been concerned that pupils in Suffolk’s primary and secondary schools are performing well below national averages. The letter is the result of an inspection of the way the local authority is working to improve education in the county’s schools. It accuses them of damaging the life chances of young people.

Mrs Chambers said: “Ofsted’s report makes sobering reading, and rightly so.

“There are few issues of greater significance than the education our young people receive and if advice needs to be given, it ought to be heard – loud and clear.

“We welcome Ofsted’s report and absolutely agree with the four areas of improvement they have identified. So much so that work to address each of them is already well underway. This report confirms that we are tackling the right issues so that the county council is in the best possible position to support and challenge schools to improve.

“We will now, with this guidance from Ofsted, continue on our journey of improvement. Results are improving in Suffolk, but too slowly. And although 70% of schools in Suffolk are rated good or outstanding, this isn’t enough. We must all work to drive up standards.

“Key to solving a problem is recognising there is one in the first place. By launching the Raising the Bar inquiry, seeing SOR through and challenging underperforming schools to improve, the county council has demonstrated this recognition. Schools also know full well the scale of the challenge facing Suffolk. We’re already working, together, to make improvements and will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of a better future for our children.”

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2 comments

  • This has been a highly visible problem for some time yet, reading Ms Chambers comments, it sounds like she's only just realised! I believe that this is the biggest issue in Suffolk at present and the Council have completely failed the children of the county. Quite shameful.

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    paul e.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I can only agree with paul e. This has been said many times for several years by people working in and around our education system, but SCC know best ofcourse. Consequently fantastic staff have been lost to education, taking the blame for things they had little, or no, control over, because our Education Dept took no responsibility.

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    Irene Wragg

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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