Ofsted head praises our overhaul

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Improvements in schools across Northumberland have been praised by the head of Ofsted.

Chief inspector of schools in England and head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said that green shoots of recovery are beginning to emerge.

Speaking at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit, he said that Northumberland County Council has overhauled its approach to school improvement and placed a stronger emphasis on leadership and teaching.

He said: “This proved to be a watershed moment. Since then, the local authority has overhauled its approach.

“It has issued a series of warning notices and is placing a much stronger emphasis on leadership and teaching. It is also brokering more school-to-school support across the county.

“As a result, green shoots of recovery are beginning to emerge, with a four per cent increase in GCSE attainment this year and some impressive results at Key Stage 2.”

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, added: “It is very gratifying to hear that the chief inspector of schools has mentioned Northumberland as an area where positive progress is being made.

“We are working with schools across the county to provide support for improvement and it is very pleasing that a trend of improvement has started.

“We will continue to challenge and support school leaders so that they can support students and help them to achieve the very highest standards.

“We particularly recognise that we need to focus on our most disadvantaged children.”