£800k for Ofsted concerns

Cllr Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness ENGSUS00120131217122653
Cllr Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness ENGSUS00120131217122653

Additional investment will help boost an improvement programme for schools across the county.

East Sussex County Council was judged ineffective by Ofsted following an inspection during the summer. There are only two judgements for the inspection – effective or ineffective.

In a bid to address Ofsted concerns, a budget of £800,000 has been identified to accelerate the county council’s Excellence for All strategy which aims to ensure all children are taught in a school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and reach their full potential.

The county council’s cabinet this week agreed to commit £370,000 to this.

“While Ofsted recognised the value and agreed with the principles of our Excellence for All strategy, they felt the programme needed to be accelerated to ensure targets are met as quickly as possible,” said Cllr Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness.

“Work is well underway on the strategy and results have already shown that we are on track to achieve our aim of providing the best education possible for children in East Sussex. The additional investment will ensure that the improvements will have greater impact.”

The additional funding will allow the county council to:

EImprove performance in primary schools and strengthen processes to support schools

EImprove and sustain achievement in English and Maths by the end of all key stages

EOffer better support to school leavers to ensure a successful transition to training or employment

ESupport schools to reduce temporary exclusions

EEnsure every school has effective leadership and governance

EHelp governing bodies evaluate their school’s performance and identify scope for improvement

Cllr Bennett added, “Work on the Excellence for All strategy so far has shown encouraging signs of improvement. Data shows significant improvement in Early Years and Key Stage 2, while the recent GCSE results show students performed well, despite the volatility of results nationally.