Pembrokeshire Council should be placed in special measures, according to a report by education watchdog, Estyn. It follows a report into education services in the local authority.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s education services for children and young people have been judged to be unsatisfactory in an Estyn report published today. As a result of this report, Estyn has recommended to Welsh Ministers that the authority be placed in the category of an authority requiring special measures.
The ‘Report on the quality of local authority education services for children and young people in Pembrokeshire County Council’ identifies important shortcomings in leadership of the authority’s education services. It states that corporate leaders and senior elected members have been too slow to recognise key issues in safeguarding and to change the culture in, and improve, education services. The report also finds that the authority’s arrangements for supporting and challenging schools are not robust enough and have not had enough impact on improving outcomes.
The report follows up on a similar inspection of education services in Pembrokeshire carried out in June 2011, which recommended that Pembrokeshire was placed in the category of being in need of significant improvement.
The Audit Office says despite some improvements, underlying issues have still not been tackled and the authority needs more help.
The latest report into child protection services in Pembrokeshire finds that whilst there have been improvements, more needs to be done.
Council leader Jamie Adams insists it has made good progress, but accepts there is more to do be done to improve children's services.