Positive Ofsted report boosts Bournemouth’s aim to ensure every pupil is in good or outstanding school by 2015

Positive Ofsted report boosts Bournemouth’s aim to ensure every pupil is in good or outstanding school by 2015

GOOD PROGRESS: Winton Primary School, which has gone from being rated satisfactory to good by Ofsted

DELIVERING: Nicola Greene, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Bournemouth council

First published in News

BOURNEMOUTH’S aim of ensuring every pupil is in a good or outstanding school by 2015 has been boosted by a positive Ofsted report.

Ofsted inspectors visited Bournemouth council in December because the proportion of pupils attending a good or better school was lower than in many other areas and because progress made during Key Stage 2 had been significantly lower than that seen nationally.

They have now released a report concluding the council has ‘effective’ arranagements for school improvement and has already made significant progress.

They found that two primary schools and one secondary school have recently moved from requiring special measures to being judged good and the proportion of Bournemouth pupils in good or better schools was now broadly in line with the proportion nationally.

Pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 has risen year on year and is now in line with national averages in reading, writing and mathematics, and the proportion of students gaining five or more good GCSE grades, including maths and English, is now higher than the national figure.

Good outcomes at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have also been maintained.

However, inspectors warned that the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers “varies widely” and said this “unacceptable inequality” needed to be tackled urgently. They also said the council needed to agree what steps they would take if the performance of an academy or a free school was to give cause for concern.

“Bournemouth’s vision for its schools is ambitious,” the report states.

“Elected members, senior officers, headteachers and governors all understand the drive for all pupils to attend a good or better school by the end of 2015.

“They know there needs to be a ‘step change’ to achieve this goal.”

Schools are delivering

Cllr Nicola Greene, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Bournemouth council, said: “We are pleased Ofsted have recognised that the council has robust plans in place to tackle any areas of concern and can see from our results that, together with our schools, we are delivering.

“Their assessment that our arrangements are ‘effective’ demonstrate they have complete confidence in us to continue to improve.”

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12:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sea poole says...

Let me be the first to congratulate the LA and B'mth schools. If there had been an adverse report, my message would have been well down the list of 'posts.' Guess some people won't recognise positive news -even if it hit them in the face
Let me be the first to congratulate the LA and B'mth schools. If there had been an adverse report, my message would have been well down the list of 'posts.' Guess some people won't recognise positive news -even if it hit them in the face sea poole
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1:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Ofsted report said “Bournemouth’s vision for its schools is ambitious,”
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As any switched on Bournemouth resident would tell Ofsted - Bournemouth Council are very good at dreaming up ambitious visions, but when it comes to delivering of these visions they sadly fail.
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The fact remains Bournemouth Council had allowed the Borough's schools to decline to such an extent that Ofsted needed to give them a kick in the behind. That's nothing to be proud of.
Ofsted report said “Bournemouth’s vision for its schools is ambitious,” . As any switched on Bournemouth resident would tell Ofsted - Bournemouth Council are very good at dreaming up ambitious visions, but when it comes to delivering of these visions they sadly fail. . The fact remains Bournemouth Council had allowed the Borough's schools to decline to such an extent that Ofsted needed to give them a kick in the behind. That's nothing to be proud of. BmthNewshound
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5:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

snowy123 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Ofsted report said “Bournemouth’s vision for its schools is ambitious,”
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As any switched on Bournemouth resident would tell Ofsted - Bournemouth Council are very good at dreaming up ambitious visions, but when it comes to delivering of these visions they sadly fail.
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The fact remains Bournemouth Council had allowed the Borough's schools to decline to such an extent that Ofsted needed to give them a kick in the behind. That's nothing to be proud of.
Have to agree, Bournemouth council have invested next to nothing in the local schools, over the past 20 years or so. They are now having to face up to this lack of investment. Obviously useless tourist attractions such as the Imax, surf reef etc, came way before the local children !
The only reason Ofsted are seeing improvements now is because many local schools are becoming academies, and are getting desperately needed resources elsewhere. I bet the council can't wait to relieve themselves of the whole " education problem ". Will give them much more of their budget to waste on yet more hare-brained schemes.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Ofsted report said “Bournemouth’s vision for its schools is ambitious,” . As any switched on Bournemouth resident would tell Ofsted - Bournemouth Council are very good at dreaming up ambitious visions, but when it comes to delivering of these visions they sadly fail. . The fact remains Bournemouth Council had allowed the Borough's schools to decline to such an extent that Ofsted needed to give them a kick in the behind. That's nothing to be proud of.[/p][/quote]Have to agree, Bournemouth council have invested next to nothing in the local schools, over the past 20 years or so. They are now having to face up to this lack of investment. Obviously useless tourist attractions such as the Imax, surf reef etc, came way before the local children ! The only reason Ofsted are seeing improvements now is because many local schools are becoming academies, and are getting desperately needed resources elsewhere. I bet the council can't wait to relieve themselves of the whole " education problem ". Will give them much more of their budget to waste on yet more hare-brained schemes. snowy123
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11:48am Wed 5 Feb 14

war-wren says...

1: Ofsted were not 'called in' as the Echo previously reported: it was Bournemouth Council's turn to be inspected. The Echo is very quick to point to an inspection and scream 'Look!! The auditors were called!' when it is not accurate in the slightest. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, or opportunity to poke the LA though, huh?

2: Why, in the name of all that is Holy, can people not get the idea that money to be spent on Tourism and money to be spent on Education, are two very different budgets. The LA cannot say, 'oh, we need a few thousand to spend on our schools so we'll just dip into the Tourism fund to pay for it...' No, no they cannot do this. Let me say again: They cannot use money apportioned for Tourism on our schools, no matter how much they may want to. Money spent on tourism does not affect the education budget and vice versa.

To quote Gov.uk: England’s local government finance system is one of the most centralised in the world. This means that local authorities don’t have the autonomy and flexibility they need to make sure public money is spent on the things that matter in their area.

Still... no point celebrating a good result, huh? Better to just come straight in, with half baked facts and start lashing out. Oh, and before anyone comments about it; the score is either 'effective', or 'ineffective' ;)
1: Ofsted were not 'called in' as the Echo previously reported: it was Bournemouth Council's turn to be inspected. The Echo is very quick to point to an inspection and scream 'Look!! The auditors were called!' when it is not accurate in the slightest. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, or opportunity to poke the LA though, huh? 2: Why, in the name of all that is Holy, can people not get the idea that money to be spent on Tourism and money to be spent on Education, are two very different budgets. The LA cannot say, 'oh, we need a few thousand to spend on our schools so we'll just dip into the Tourism fund to pay for it...' No, no they cannot do this. Let me say again: They cannot use money apportioned for Tourism on our schools, no matter how much they may want to. Money spent on tourism does not affect the education budget and vice versa. To quote Gov.uk: England’s local government finance system is one of the most centralised in the world. This means that local authorities don’t have the autonomy and flexibility they need to make sure public money is spent on the things that matter in their area. Still... no point celebrating a good result, huh? Better to just come straight in, with half baked facts and start lashing out. Oh, and before anyone comments about it; the score is either 'effective', or 'ineffective' ;) war-wren
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