Children's Services performing well in Suffolk

Suffolk’s children’s services are performing well, according to the latest inspection report released by Ofsted.

An annual inspection was carried out by Ofsted earlier this year into the provision of Children and Young People’s Services at Suffolk County Council.

Some of the Key areas in the report that were signalled as strengths include the rise in development witnessed in Children under 5, and the way in which looked after children and young people are made to feel safe and supported.

A major triumph for the service was the attainment for 16 -19 year olds from low income families was recognised as improving and the gap in their achievement with their peers in Suffolk is reducing.

Although the report highlighted some of the key strengths of the children and young peoples service, some areas were identified as requiring further improvement, such as pupil achievement of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths and English.

Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Young People’s Services said: “I am delighted to read the County's Children's Services have maintained a good standard of performance, according to this year's OFSTED inspection report.

 I do however recognise that there is still a critical need to improve in certain areas, such as pupil attainment at GCSE. I am confident that the current changes to the education system in Suffolk from the three tier system to the two tier system will enable pupils to reach their potential and achieve even better GCSE results, as has been proven elsewhere in the country. Indeed we are already beginning to see an improvement in Suffolk.”


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By Jo Howard on November 16th, 2011