Just weeks after Suffolk County Council cut the funding for the School Improvement Service, an Ofsted report on the service due tomorrow will criticise the service for failing to improve in four key areas.
Sources close to the Labour group have revealed that the School Improvement Service is falling seriously short in four respects. The report will highlight issues already identified by the Labour Group and wilfully ignored by the Conservative administration.
The areas of concern to Ofsted around the School Improvement Service are
• There is a lack of an adequate plan
• Lack of communication with schools
• Lack of ability to intervene in failing schools
• Inability to evaluate the quality of their own work.
On the 13th of February Conservatives voted against a Labour Group amendment to the budget that would have stopped cuts to the Learning Improvement Service of £500,000.
Labour Group Leader Cllr Sandy Martin said; “Over and over again the Conservative administration has told us that their “Raising the Bar” programme will deal with the problem of underperforming schools. But without adequate staff and resources, Suffolk County Council just will not have the capacity to help Suffolk schools improve”.
Cllr Martin added; “We have told them again and again that they need to build up the School Improvement Service, not tear it down. We want to work with the Conservatives to help improve Suffolk’s schools, but that won’t happen if they do not make the resources available. This is the most important issue facing Suffolk today.”