Ofsted report damns Suffolk County Council

Following the release of a letter outlining Suffolk County Councils educational failings, Labour shadow education spokesperson, Cllr Sonia Barker today expressed her disappointment as the issues highlighted have already been raised and ignored by Council leaders.

The report by Ofsted criticised the lack of progressed made by Suffolk County Council education provision. Of the 33 schools inspected there were only 2 schools rated as outstanding whilst 18 were rated as inadequate or requiring improvement.


Cllr Barker expressed her disappointment in the county council saying “Since my election in May I have been telling the council that they are not doing enough to improve standards in school, but the Ofsted letter is a result of long term failings brought on by this administration. They have consistently failed to challenge good schools, provide long term support to those schools in difficulties and consult with all stakeholders in this process”.

“A recently as the last month I warned the Cabinet member of education that the Raising the Bar initiative was not the ‘one- size-fits-all’ solution to the problems of education in Suffolk that it was supposed to be. The Raising the Bar initiative has simply not captured the heart and minds of heads, governors, teachers and parents.

“We all want our children to have the best education possible. They only get one chance; this is not a practice run. Suffolk County Council has for far too long been complacent about education in Suffolk and I hope this damning letter is the kick start the administration needs to improve standards for all our young people.”

For more information contact:
Councillor Sonia Barker (Lab): Spokesperson for Education, Skills and Young People
mobile: 07714 598046
email: sonia.barker@suffolk.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:
Letter can be found at
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/suffolk

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