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      Thursday 11, December 2014

      OfSTED report 'no surprise' for Oldham council

      A DAMNING report by OfSTED on the state of secondary schools in the UK has placed Oldham as one of the worst areas in the country for secondary education.

      According to the report the quality of education in secondary schools varies a lot from region to region but the progress made in recent years has generally stalled.

      It’s said that while in some areas of the country every school is at a level of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, other areas have got less than half of their schools listed as being ‘good’ or above.

      Oldham is said to have just 36% of its schools listed as ‘good’ or above; Tameside is also one of the worst affected areas: with less than half of its schools hitting the ‘good’ threshold.

      Oldham council’s Amanda Chadderton, who is Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding responded to the criticism openly stating: “Today’s Ofsted report is no surprise to us. We’re very clear that education is failing too many children in Oldham.

      The councillor also claims that “we are being proactive to identify and tackle the causes.”

      The main way that the council is aiming to improve the level of schools in Oldham is through its new ‘Oldham Education and Skills Commission’ (OESC) which has been set up to “root out unpalatable facts and bring back a report that doesn’t hold back on harsh truths”

      Though OfSTED has said that there are now a record number of schools in the ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ brackets at both primary and secondary level nationwide; chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw stated that secondary schools need to “catch up with primary schools”.

      Nationally OfSTED said earlier this year that the main issue facing schools was ‘low-level disturbance’ but the key issues facing Oldham will be released in 2015.

      The (OESC) report is set to be released next summer, with Amanda Chadderton stating that “where performance is not good enough, we will act. We will intervene and we will hold them to account”.

      By Declan Fisher