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Ofsted: Unacceptable too few pupils attending good schools

Ofsted say Suffolk County Council is not doing enough to challenge or support schools.

Sean Harford, Ofsted Regional Director for the East of England, said:

Too few pupils in Suffolk attend a good or outstanding school, and far too many attend inadequate schools. That is unacceptable.

It is disappointing to find that Suffolk County Council has been ineffective in the way it supports schools. The local authority has not tackled weaknesses in schools quickly enough. That just isn’t good enough when the prospects for the young people of the county are at stake.

In the summer of 2012 the council launched its “Raising the Bar” policy as it recognised the need to raise education achievement. But there have been no significant improvements in pupils’ attainment since that time and there is still no clear strategy for how the local authority will make improvements.

We will keep working with the council and Suffolk schools so that more get to good or better.

– Sean Harford, Ofsted Regional Director for the East of England

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