44% of Somerset secondary schools 'inadequate' or 'require improvement' - Ofsted (From Somerset County Gazette)
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44% of Somerset secondary schools 'inadequate' or 'require improvement' - Ofsted
6:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
CHILDREN at almost half of secondary schools in Somerset are being taught at a poor standard.
According to education watchdog Ofsted, 44% of the county's schools are “inadequate” or “require improvement”.
Somerset County Council is now working to draw up a Somerset Challenge - similar to the now defunct Labour policy which improved London education and got outstanding schools and heads working closely with the less successful.
A spokesman said: “Somerset County Council is committed to improving standards in secondary schools.
“We are currently working closely with the Somerset Association of Secondary Headteachers on the development of the Somerset Challenge to ensure that all our secondary students receive a high quality education.
“Somerset Challenge will be based on the London and Manchester Challenges, both of which led to significant improvements in those areas.
“Somerset County Council has also earmarked a significant sum of money to be invested with the aim of raising attainment in Somerset.”
Three schools in the county are "inadequate", with Court Fields in Wellington in special measures.
As previously reported in the County Gazette, Sarah Watson - head teacher at the Castle School - is now executive head of both schools after they were paired up to help Court Fields improve.
The two schools have been working closely together since January, when Court Fields went into special measures.
Court Fields has become part of The Castle School Academy Trust, which already has two other partner schools - Haygrove and Ansford - which have seen significantly improved exam results and have been judged good with outstanding features.
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