Ofsted on Local Authorities – what lessons should we learn?

Education for Everyone

For those of us who believe that there needs to be a revived role for local authorities in education, the Ofsted reports on Norfolk and the Isle of Wight just published make challenging reading. However much one may think that there is a political agenda behind this inspection process, it’s difficult to deny the evidence presented that says that these authorities have not had enough impact on standards in their area.

The report on the Isle of Wight is particularly damning and finds hardly any positives. It says that “(There has been) poor corporate and strategic leadership. The approach to school improvement has lacked coordination and it does not have the confidence of schools. Key decisions about resource deployment, school organisation and place planning have been characterised by poor analysis, limited consultation and weak implementation. This has resulted in a large proportion of requires improvement or inadequate schools. A lack…

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