1. ITV Report

An Ofsted inspection says schools in North East Lincolnshire are offered "uneven support" by the local authority

A report by education watchdog Ofsted says schools in North East Lincolnshire are being offered "uneven support" by the local authority.

Inspections at 7 schools were brought forward while a further eleven were surveyed by phone.


Schools were asked how well North East Lincolnshire Council knows their school; what measures are in place to support and challenge them; and what is the impact of the local authority’s support.

Ofsted found that North East Lincolnshire Council offers uneven support: the weakest schools receive attention while slightly better schools, which often still have much to work on, are not given appropriate attention. Inspectors also found that the local authority does not use data effectively.

The results of inspections in the seven schools were as follows:

  • Stallingborough Church of England Primary School was judged to be outstanding, having formerly been good.
  • Springfield Primary was requires improvement, the same as it was before.
  • John Whitgift Academy was requires improvement, as it was before.
  • Oasis Academy Wintringham was judged to require improvement, as it was before.
  • Scartho Junior Academy was judged to be good.
  • Signhills Infant Academy was judged to be good.
  • Weelsby Academy was judged to be good.

Inspection outcomes in North East Lincolnshire since September 2013 show that the percentage of good and better schools is significantly lower than the national average, and is only improving marginally. Yet in England as a whole there has been a rapid rise in the percentage of good or better schools.

We have found that schools in North East Lincolnshire have room for improvement, and they need more effective support from their local authority. Pupils and their parents deserve better.

There have been some improvements and it is heartening that one school has gone from good to outstanding. Our inspectors also find that some head teachers value the support from the local authority’s school advisers.

However, 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. We will now work with the local authority to help the schools get better.

– Nick Hudson, Ofsted Director for North-East, Yorkshire and Humber

Ofsted inspectors found that schools are providing "good mutual support" involving head teachers meeting regularly.

Ofsted is now calling on North East Lincolnshire Council to hold schools to account for their performance and do more to help schools which require improvement get to good or outstanding.

North East Lincolnshire Council says many schools in the area are now academies and no longer under council control, but concede that "improvements need to be more rapid in those schools and academies that are not yet good or better."_

It is useful to have an external view of the work of North East Lincolnshire Council in its role to support and challenge schools and academies. We will work with our partners to secure the desired improvements.

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– Cllr Ros James portfolio holder for Children’s Services