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Effective support for school improvement in Peterborough

19/03/2014 Joanna
Following an inspection of schools in Peterborough, Ofsted has concluded that the local council's support for improving the education outcomes for children and young people are effective.

Concerns had been raised about the achievement and progress of pupils in primary and secondary schools in Peterborough, and the proportion of young people aged 16 to 18 not in education, employment or training.

In response to this, Ofsted carried out an inspection of Peterborough Council's arrangements for improvement between February 3rd and 7th this year.

The inspection body found that support for school improvement is effective. Improvements have been made across GCSE results, attendance, reducing exclusions and increasing students' participation in education, employment or training post-16.

Senior leaders and the team of school improvement advisers are highly regarded by schools; they work effectively with local leaders of education and head teachers to support schools that are causing concern.

Ofsted has made a number of recommendations to the local authority, in order to ensure standards continue to rise and all pupils in Peterborough attend a good or better school.

It says it should clarify milestones and targets in strategic plans, specifying how each school will contribute to raising standards for all children and young people.

The local authority should focus on pupils who speak English as an additional language and those supported through pupil premium funding, supporting and challenging schools to improve outcomes for these students.

It should also improve information, advice and guidance in schools and broaden the provision of work-based learning opportunities. 

Finally, the local authority should promote the sharing of good practice and increase the autonomy of primary schools by establishing high-quality school-to-school partnerships.

Sean Harford, Ofsted regional director for the east of England, said: "The inspection of Peterborough Council found examples of positive practice, and while these steps are in the right direction, council officers recognise that there is still some way to go."

He added that while primary results have shown steady improvement, they are still below the national average, as is the proportion of pupils attending a good or better primary school. 

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