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More Suffolk schools are rated Good or Outstanding

Friday, 8th January 2016.

Suffolk schools are beginning the New Year on the rise as the proportion of Suffolk schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted continues to grow.

The percentage of Suffolk schools now rated good or outstanding is at 79%, an improvement of 5% compared to this point exactly one year ago - when 74% of Suffolk schools were Good or Outstanding.

Suffolk County Council, through its Raising the Bar initiative is tackling levels of educational attainment and is aiming for every child to attend a Good or Outstanding school by January 2017.

Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills said: “Really significant progress is being made towards the County Council’s ambitious objective that all children in Suffolk can attend a Good or Outstanding school. This is a major element of the Raising the Bar programme that will ensure every child can achieve their full potential.

“Initially our projected target for January 2016 was for 85% of schools to be rated Good or Outstanding; this prediction was based on the evidence available at the time, including the rate at which Ofsted would inspect schools previously judged as Requires Improvement.

“Around twenty schools that are currently rated as Requires Improvement were due to be inspected by the end of 2015, but have not yet been visited by Ofsted due to changes that have taken place in the way that they operate. Whilst I recognise the pressures on Ofsted and understand why these schools have not yet been re-inspected it has undoubtedly impacted upon our chances of hitting our target.

“I remain confident that we can meet the overall target set for next year, and praise the work of schools across the county and our Education and Learning team to increase the pace of improvement.”

Ofsted were previously due to re-inspect Requires Improvement schools by the end of four terms; this has now been updated to within six terms.

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