Ofsted today has published the outcome letter of its re-inspection of East Sussex council’s support for school improvement.
The follow up inspection of East Sussex council was conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectors on 9 to 13 November 2015 to find out if education standards have improved since the previous inspection in July 2014.
Eight schools were inspected as part of this exercise and telephone calls were made to a further 18 maintained schools and academies. The schools inspected were all due for an inspection.
In addition, inspectors held discussions with senior and operational officers, elected members, headteachers, principals and governors from primary and secondary maintained schools and academies, officers and partners representing the early years and post-16 phases of education, members of the Education Improvement Partnerships, national and local leaders of education and partners delivering services brokered or commissioned by the local authority.
The framework for the inspection of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement. The aim of local authority school improvement inspection is to assist local authorities in their duty to promote high standards and fulfilment of potential so that all children and young people benefit from at least a good education. The inspection framework acts as a powerful lever for improvement by helping to challenge inconsistencies. It enables Ofsted to report more rigorously on the contribution of local authorities to improving education in England. The inspection is not universal. Ofsted will normally inspect only where concerns about performance are apparent or where requested to do so by the Secretary of State.
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.