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Ofsted report deems school 'inadequate'

Sandown Bay Academy on the Isle of Wight will now be put back into special measures after a highly critical Ofsted report. It rated the school's leadership and management as "inadequate" and said the quality of teaching required improvement.

It's the first time the school has been inspected since December 2015 and comes as those in charge of the school plan to merge it with another secondary in Ryde seven miles away.

Inspectors said pupils have been 'let down' for too long and have not made enough progress. They criticised inconsistent teaching and poor management as well as saying that too many pupils are persistently absent.

The academy chain which runs the school - AET - the Academies Enterprise Trust - said they were very aware of the issues.

However, the report does highlight some positive aspects of the school including specialist provision for pupils with autism, the behaviour of pupils around the school and the strong sense of community support.

We are very aware of the issues in the Academy as well as its strengths, and fully take on board this report."

"We acknowledge, as we have already acknowledged elsewhere, that AET has not succeeded in driving forward the educational improvements at Sandown Bay that we would all wish to see, and we fully understand the problems and challenges standing in the way of pupils’ progress."

"Many of these challenges stem from the underlying context within which Sandown Bay is working, where it has a falling student roll due to over-supply of secondary school places on the Isle of Wight, and as a result income has been falling steeply year-on-year."

"The resulting annual cycle of redundancies has put enormous pressures on staff and made it very difficult for the school to provide the resources and the teaching it needs."

– Academies Enterprise Trust

Kent children's services significantly improve

Kent's children's service, one heavily criticised for leaving children at risk, has been rated as providing a good service by Ofsted inspectors.

The service was described as "inadequate" in 2010 and has struggled to cope with a huge number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children over the last few years.

In Kent almost 2,000 vulnerable children are being looked after by the local authority.

During its difficult period, the leader of Kent County Council put his job on the line and said he would resign if things did not improve.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to Cllr Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, Con, Andrew Ireland Corporate Director of Social Care, Health and Wellbeing and Roger Gough, KCC Member for Children, Young People and Education.


'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'.


Schools 'have improved, but could do better'

Ofsted inspectors have revealed the results of a visit to Portsmouth's schools. Their verdict was: There has been some improvement - but you could still do better. Inspectors were in the city in February 2013 to find out why it had a disproportionate number of under-performing classes.

ITV News Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra, spoke to correspondent Andrew Pate about the results.

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