Failing schools on Isle of Wight

Oftsed Inspectors arrive on the Isle of Wight today to find out why the authority has such a disproportionate number of under-performing schools.

'Local authority is not doing enough' on Isle of Wight

HM Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw from Ofsted says that inspectors chose to focus on the Isle of Wight because of concerns raised by teachers that their local authority 'is not doing enough'.

Inspectors will be going into Norfolk and the Isle of Wight because too many schools in these two areas are failing to provide a standard of education that children deserve.

Ofsted's targeted inspection of schools in Norfolk earlier this year and recent school inspections in the Isle of Wight have raised serious concerns about the effectiveness of the local authorities' support and challenge. In both cases, many school leaders have expressed the view that their local authority is not doing enough to challenge their institutions to improve.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted

Two thirds of secondary schools 'inadequate' on IOW

Two thirds of all secondary schools on the Isle of Wight are now judged inadequate according to Ofsted research.

Teams of Ofsted inspectors are to visit schools on the Isle of Wight today for the first of five days of intense inspection to work out why the area has a disproportionate amount of failing schools.

The only other region of the UK subject to this new level of scrutiny is Norfolk. Earlier inspections on the island revealed that nearly 4,000 children attend a school 'that is not yet good'.

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