As readers may be aware, Ofsted are spending this week at County Hall, in a ‘first of its kind’, inspection of the local authority. You may’ve heard the OnTheWight podcast interview with Ofsted’s Regional Director for the South East, Matthew Coffey, on Tuesday which gave more detail about the reason for the inspection.
How long for improvements?
In the discussion we had with Matthew we asked the burning questions for parents and grandparents with children on the Island – How many years will it take to get currently-failing Island schools up to at least a ‘Good’ Ofsted standard?
It’s well worth listening to the full detail Matthew gives to this question in the recording below.
The headline was, he said,
“Two years is the maximum that we expect a school to bring around the changes that we need.”
He provided detail too,
“Because of our close monitoring, we often see a school coming out of Special Measures and reported as ‘Good’ in a shorter space of time … and with the new focus that we’re placing on this framework for inspection – by being very clear about what the local authority needs to do to strengthen its support – we very much hope that we can bring around a more rapid progress.”
Listen to the full interview