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Ofsted: poorer children in SW 'not doing well enough'

OFSTED’s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased.

But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.

Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED.

He's been speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton.

He told him that in more affluent areas, as well as in more economically deprived communities, pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve as well as their peers.

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Ofsted: poorer children in SW 'not doing well enough'

OFSTED’s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased. But

But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.

Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED and says in more affluent areas, as well as in more economically deprived communities, pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve as well as their peers.

Kids from poorer backgrounds not doing well enough

The report said pass rates of children from poorer backgrounds are 'well adrift' from national pass rates Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Too many children and young people from poorer backgrounds in the South West are not doing well enough according to a report from Ofsted.

The report said despite the increase in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools in the region, pass rates of children from low income families are much lower than the national pass rates.

Children's nurseries closed down in Swindon

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.

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Cornish school in special measures

A primary school in Cornwall has been placed on special measures.

An OFSTED report rated King Charles School in Falmouth 'inadequate' on three out of four measures - the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching and on its leadership and management.

An acting head teacher has been brought in from another school.

Children's Councillor's response:

We haven’t reached the standards that Ofsted set for us or that we set for ourselves and that is very disappointing.

We are taking urgent action to make sure we do everything this report requires within its timescales, and then to use it to help drive further improvements in the future.

The report confirms the inspectors saw examples of good practice here in Somerset, and we are determined to make sure that this is the norm right across our whole service.”

– Conservative Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Somerset County Council.
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