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MPs call for child protection review in wake of Rotherham scandal

MPs have called for child protection systems to be reviewed following alarming evidence that organised abuse is widespread in the wake of the Rotherham scandal.

Parliament's Communities and Local Government Committee has condemned Ofsted for failing to lift the lid on child exploitation in the town despite carrying out a series of inspections of the council.

Ofsted have now been ordered to give evidence to the committe, which is chaired by Sheffield MP Clive Betts


Doncaster Council's school support 'ineffective' says watchdog

An Ofsted inspection into the support Doncaster Council provides for its schools has concluded that it's ineffective.

Ofsted inspected the local authority because more than half of pupils attend a school that requires improvement and the area is in the bottom fifth of local authorities across England in terms of exam results.

A spokesman said the council is working with teachers to put together an action plan:

Ofsted release findings into school standards

One in five students attend a good or outstanding school in Barnsley Credit: Calendar

Only one in five children in Barnsley is attending a good or outstanding secondary school.

It is not much better news in Bradford, according to a report out today by Ofsted. The two authorites came bottom of a table showing the percentages of pupils attending good or outstanding secondary schools in their local authority.

And Wakefield was amongst the worst when it came to primary education. Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says children are victims of a postcode lottery in gaining a decent education.