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‘No more excuses’ blasts Tory leader

Coun Tony Williams (below) blamed failings in the resorts  schools on council bosses.

Coun Tony Williams (below) blamed failings in the resorts schools on council bosses.

The blame for underachievement in Blackpool’s secondary schools lies with council bosses, the leader of the resort’s Tory group has said.

As reported in Friday’s Gazette, Blackpool Council rejected accusations in a damning Ofsted report that it was letting young people down.

But Coun Tony Williams, leader of the opposition, called for town hall chiefs to take responsibility for their “disastrous failings”, saying they have “nowhere to hide”.

He said: “The recent Ofsted report clearly outlines the serious shortcomings in the council’s management of our secondary schools.

“The council’s chaotic and useless management of our secondary schools is forcing school leavers onto a welfare benefits system production line with our children having little chance of finding quality employment at the end.

“Yet the council has dismissed the report and once again blames government cuts for their continued abysmal performance.

“There is an arrogant attitude in this council that fails to recognise, admit and rectify their mistakes, an arrogant attitude that will continue to drive this town and everything good and wholesome it stands for further and deeper into the gutter.”

The report, sent to the leader of the council and senior officers, accused the authority of failing to challenge schools to drive standards up and failing to accurately monitor performance.

However, Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for children’s services, said Ofsted was wrong to label the council “ineffective”.

He added: “I’m not hiding away from the fact that our results need to be better.

“Our officers work hard with schools to help them improve but in recent years they have not been improving at the speed we would like and it has been cause for 
concern.”

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