Dozens of angry parents are demanding answers tonight after a chain of children's nurseries in Swindon suddenly shutdown. It follows an investigation into how a child temporarily went missing from one of them.
The council - who had planned to withdraw funding following a critical Ofsted report - is now trying to find alternative places for more than a hundred children. Richard Payne reports.
Inspectors have found that the quality of education in Bristol varies, depending on where pupils live. Ofsted says improvements have been made, but the city council must do better after finding 'a widespread culture of mistrust and uncertainty' of the local authority in some schools.
We had already identified areas for improvement and have been taking action.
We now have the right people in the right place doing the right things.
We will, of course, follow through all of Ofsted’s recommendations.
Ofsted has recognised our investment in the service and our appointment of a nationally recognised Interim Director of Children’s Services, Peter Lewis, to steer us through the changes we need to make.
We do acknowledge that our speed of change has not been fast enough.”
– Sheila Wheeler, Chief Executive, Somerset County Council
The region's biggest further education college has been condemned for failing its students. The City of Bristol College received the lowest Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' in several areas, including its quality of teaching.
The newly-appointed Principal says the report is "upsetting" and a "blow to morale", but highlights the need for staff to concentrate on what happens in the classroom. Our Education Correspondent Richard Payne reports.