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Brighton celebrates secondary schools improvement

30/05/2013 Kelly
Secondary teachers in Brighton and Hove have helped to markedly raise the standard of schooling in Brighton and Hove over the past year, Ofsted's latest inspections indicate.

The proportion of schools in the area rated as good or outstanding by the education watchdog has risen by 8.6 percentage points to 80 per cent since the summer, against a national average of 74 per cent for all local authority areas.

Three primary and three secondary schools previously deemed satisfactory by Ofsted - a rating the watchdog has now abolished - managed to all raise their rating to 'good' in inspections conducted this academic year.

It means that the number of secondary schools rated as good or outstanding in Brighton and Hove has doubled since the summer, an advancement warmly welcomed by Councillor Sue Shanks, who chairs the council's children and young people committee.

Councillor Shanks remarked: "It's been well known for a while now that we have very good primary schools here but performance at secondary level overall needed improving."

She added: "This is a terrific effort from our schools and the council's school improvement team but I think everyone understands that further work is needed and nobody is being complacent."

Progress has been achieved partly through the establishment of a Secondary Schools Partnership (SSP), which set out a raising assessment plan to identify how local schools and academies could collaborate to deliver citywide improvements.

Approximately £300,000 was allocated to the SSP to help deliver this plan, which also enables the council to identify areas where additional support could be needed and the local authority will continue to allot funding to the partnership for this purpose next year.

Furthermore, special needs teachers have helped to raise standards in Brighton and Hove's special schools, with half of these now rated as outstanding and the remainder as good - an overall level nearly 20 percentage points above the national average.

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