Targeted inspection of school support calls for improvements

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OFSTED have called on a council in the region to provide better support to its schools following a series of inspections.

The education watchdog found that while North East Lincolnshire Council supports its weakest schools well, the “slightly better” schools in the district are not being given enough attention. Inspectors also found the council is not using data about schools effectively.

The findings are the result of seven school inspections and a survey of another 11 where staff were asked what they thought of the local authority’s level of support.

Ofsted’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber, Nick Hudson, said: “I am concerned that the number of good and better schools in North East Lincolnshire is much lower than the national average.

“This means that many children and young people are at a disadvantage. We have identified the problems, so that is the first step forward.” A council spokeswoman said that Ofsted had acknowledged that the percentage of schools which are good or better had increased

She added: “Strengths were acknowledged in the services provided for school improvement, special educational needs, moderation and assessment, governor services, clerking, finance and payroll.”