Ofsted Criticises Suffolk Education Standards

Ofsted Criticises Suffolk Education Standards

The regulatory body, Ofsted, has severely criticised the educational standards of Suffolk schools, describing their levels as "unacceptable".

Ofsted have sent Suffolk County Council a letter explaining their concerns regarding the standards of teaching found at the county’s primary and secondary institutions. The regulator claims that they have fallen far below the national average and that the council’s strategy to improve standards is inadequate.

The inspection targeted five specific areas of education: poor student performance for Key Stages 2 and 4; weak council plans to improve education; poor performance from the schools management teams; a lack of communication between the schools and local authorities; and the necessity for quicker intervention in schools that are failing.

Backing up Ofsted’s findings were the GCSE rankings from 2013. During 2013, the county of Suffolk was ranked 137th out of 151, which was a higher ranking than the previous year. Despite a programme named Raising the Bar, which was introduced in 2012 in an effort to improve standards, an Ofsted director stated: "There have been no significant improvements in pupils’ attainments … and there is still no clear strategy for how the local authority will make improvements.”

Ofsted will now keep a close eye on the county’s schools and perform another inspection within twelve months.

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