We are delighted that the work of the Learning Exchange and our advisors has been recognised and praised by Ofsted in its letter to North Somerset Council today (6th June 2014) following its focused inspection into the authority and 17 of its schools that took place in the spring.
In his letter to North Somerset’s Director of People and Communities, Sheila Smith, Ofsted’s South West Regional Director Bradley Simmons says…
The development and implementation of the authority’s ‘learning exchange’ is understood by all schools as the key tool to enable schools to improve the quality of their provision and their effectiveness.
He later comments…
The ‘learning exchange’ initiative is almost universally acknowledged by headteachers and governors as being a successful strategy that is leading to improvement.
You can download a PDF of Ofsted’s letter to North Somerset council from the Ofsted website.
North Somerset Council has issued the following press release in response to Ofsted’s letter:
LA focused inspections of schools by Ofsted
We are very pleased to receive the letter from Ofsted following their inspections of 17 of our primary schools and their interviews with colleagues from 13 other schools.
Given the financial constraints within which we are operating it is especially heartening that Ofsted has recognised the quality of our local authority school improvement services working alongside school leaders
Moving forward we absolutely agree the importance of building still further on the expertise of school leaders to lead improvement through school to school support. We are confident that we will swiftly address the areas for development by working with our schools and governors as they have been identified through our own self-evaluation processes.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our primary, secondary and special school leaders for their contributions to this focused inspection of schools by Ofsted.
Whilst we are delighted at the positive comments in the letter and, more importantly, the improvements recognised in North Somerset’s schools, please be clear that we are determined to work as hard as we can to address all those areas still identified as weaknesses to ensure that all of North Somerset’s children get the best possible outcomes.
The Learning Exchange is now available to help with school improvement and professional development beyond North Somerset. If you think we might be able to help your school, group or local authority please contact me using this form or by calling 01934 427508.