24 Jul 2013

Statement on Ofsted's report on the inspection of the council's arrangements for supporting school improvement

Councillor Richard Priest, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: "We are fully aware of the urgent need to raise the benchmark for education on the Island and are strongly committed to improvement.

"We are developing an action plan for improvement with support from Hampshire County Council, our strategic partner for Children’s Services. Clearly we will be making sure that our action plan also addresses the issues that Ofsted has raised.

"With a new administration and the expertise of Hampshire County Council, I am confident that we are now in a strong position to turn things around and drive up educational standards on the Island to ensure our schools are providing high quality teaching, enabling children to thrive in their learning and achieve their full potential."

Councillor Chris Whitehouse, Conservative Group education spokesman, said: "Ofsted’s findings are a cause for grave concern but do not come as a surprise. I welcome the steps that Councillor Priest is taking to get on the road to recovery and to bring about significant improvements in all areas of educational performance as soon as possible.

"The strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight and Hampshire County Council demonstrates the strength of commitment we are making to raise standards on the Island, and Councillor Priest will continue to have my active support and engagement for the benefit of all the children of the Island."

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