Warning over ‘dire’ Blackpool school situation

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Blackpool secondary schools are in a “dire” situation according inspectors who have highlighted concerns about underachievement and a lack of support for them to improve.

In a letter to Blackpool Council, published today, Ofsted said urgent improvement is needed to give pupils a chance at a better education.

The education watchdog carried out an inspection of the council between November 25 and 29 in response to concerns over “low outcomes” for young people.

Ofsted found secondary schools are not being sufficiently challenged to improve standards and the council is failing to hold them to account.

Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted’s regional director for the North West said: “The situation for the borough’s secondary schools is dire.

“Urgent attention and swift action must be taken if pupils’ outcomes are to improve.

“Such is the concern that along with close monitoring of the council’s support work for schools, inspectors will re-inspect Blackpool Council in the next nine to 12 months to see if progress has been made.

“We will not walk away. We will challenge and support schools and the local authority to ensure all children receive a good education in Blackpool.”


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