“This focused inspection of 17 Northumberland schools by Ofsted has raised a number of issues that as an authority we are taking very seriously and working hard to resolve. We are looking at the reports and Ofsted’s recommendations to the council so that we can develop an improvement plan for education in the county.
“We will be working closely with the schools and increasing the levels of support so that together we can quickly improve the situation for the children and young people where it has been found to be inadequate.
“Although Ofsted found an improvement in some of the schools inspected and highlighted a range of strengths in Northumberland, we are now focused on making the tangible improvements required. We’re determined to get this right so that there is a good school for every Northumberland learner.
“A meeting between the local authority, Ofsted and all head teachers in Northumberland is already planned where we expect to agree a way forward.
“Since forming the new administration in the summer the policy board has picked up on some of these concerns and we are taking swift action in the strategic leadership of education and developing a plan of action so improvements can be made.”
– Cllr Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services
A school has won recognition for the extra help it offers to children who look after a parent or sibling. Cleve's Cross primary school in Ferryhill set up a group to make posters and talk in assembly about the extra pressures carers face.
Even the Paralympian and peer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson wanted to congratulate the children on how successful the project has been.
A primary school has won recognition for its work supporting young children, who have to look after a parent or sibling. Cleve's Cross School in Ferryhill set up a group to make posters and speak in assembly, to help other pupils and teachers understand that carers need more help.
Angela Hilton, a teacher at the school, explained what teachers can do to help children who have extra pressures at home.
Darren Clegg says:"Good luck to the teachers. The only issue I have is why parents are 'fined' to take their children out of school, but its ok for schools to close classrooms as they decide."
Tracy Carr contacted Calendar to say:"Can you imagine if all the nurses walked out over pay and pensions?! And in my humble option they are the ones who should receive the highest pay and pension out of any of the public working sectors!"
And James Rookes said:"Schools and government moan about children been in school is important. Funny that I have to kids of school and there education will suffer is they keep striking so who is thinking of the kids now ?????"