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From the Director of Children’s Services, Stuart Gallimore:
- Children’s Services’ social care judged ‘Outstanding’
- Key stage 4 results: maths and English grades improve
Children’s Services’ social care judged ‘Outstanding’
Great news this week from Ofsted - the work of social care teams in East Sussex Children’s Services has been judged ‘Outstanding’.
The highest possible rating has been awarded for work with vulnerable families following a short inspection; an outcome which undoubtedly reflects the commitment and dedication of our frontline staff.
For the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers, and the impact of leaders on social work practice, the authority has been rated ‘outstanding’, while the experiences of children who needed help and protection is deemed to be ‘good’.
The report highlights the high standards set by East Sussex leaders and culture created which inspires talented social workers to stay in the county and allows effective social work to “flourish”.
Inspectors were impressed with East Sussex’s “connected practice” model which places emphasis on the social workers creating “enduring and trusting relationships” with families and children.
Council leader Cllr Keith Glazier said: “In spite of the continued financial pressures, our staff are still delivering an outstanding service. The support they offer to vulnerable families underlines the need for us to fight for more sustainable funding.”
Key stage 4 results: maths and English grades improve
The new academic year has started positively across the county’s secondary schools. The data provided by schools on results day for Key Stage 4 outcomes shows that across East Sussex, results for English and maths have improved. 41.4 per cent of pupils earned grade five – a strong pass – or above in English and maths, an increase from last year’s figure of 38.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, the overall attainment 8 score, which measures students’ average grade across eight subjects, was 45.5. Last year the figure was 45.3 but is not comparable to this year, due to changes in examination gradings.
Many schools across the county have achieved a strong set of results again this year with a number of schools seeing significant improvement.
East Sussex secondary schools and the local authority have agreed to form a new Secondary School Improvement Board to take forward a school-led system of improvement from this September. As part of these new arrangements, secondary schools will work together through new area-based groups, which will be chaired by a serving headteacher from within that area.
The area groups will be the place where priorities are agreed and support for schools is brokered. The secondary school improvement board represents the next step in the on-going development of a school-led system and builds on the work that we have been doing with schools over a number of years to build capacity for school to school support at all phases. The local authority looks forward to working with school leaders over the next year in order to improve outcomes for pupils further and ensure that all children and young people achieve to the very best of their ability.
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