Press release

Inspection of Bradford local authority school improvement support

Ofsted has inspected the way Bradford Council supports and challenges schools.

Pupils in D&T class

Ofsted today publishes the outcome letter of its inspection of Bradford Council’s arrangements for supporting school improvement. This inspection is part of a programme by which Ofsted inspects how local authorities support and challenge all schools in their areas to get better.

This inspection took place between 15 and 19 June 2015, when discussions were held with local authority officials, councillors, school leaders and others with an interest in education in the borough.

Inspectors also took into account the focused inspections of 8 schools and undertook a telephone survey of a sample of 14 school leaders. They reviewed documentation which included the local authority’s evaluation of its own effectiveness, recent improvement strategies, reports to elected members and school performance data provided to schools.

The letter to Bradford Council is online.

Notes to editors

  1. The Ofsted inspection framework for inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement is online.
  2. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children’s social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It assesses council children’s services, and inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.

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Published 21 August 2015