Tag Archives: Ofsted

Children’s services improvement is ‘energetic yet realistic’

Work to improve Somerset’s services for children is ‘energetic yet realistic’, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. Inspectors visited for two days during May to look at the quality of social work practice. The resulting report discussed today by the Council’s Cabinet highlighted many positives, concluding that the pace of change is adequate but […]

Ofsted finds that outcomes for Somerset children are improving

Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. The letter from inspectors follows a ‘monitoring visit’ last month which looked at how the authority works with children and young people in need of help and protection. It identifies areas of strength and areas where […]

Ofsted highlights progress in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s children’s services have been used as an example of good practice in Ofsted’s latest national annual report. In its third annual report into the state of social care in England, the watchdog highlights the authority’s focus on manageable workloads, saying Somerset “has recognised the importance of reducing the workloads of its social […]

Glowing Ofsted result for ‘turn-around’ Taunton nursery

A Taunton nursery has been given a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted just six months after “inspirational” staff began work to turn it around. Somerset County Council’s Circles Nursery, based in the Halcon area, has been commended by Ofsted following its March inspection. The result is a fantastic turn-around for Circles Nursery, which received an ‘inadequate’ […]

County Council accepts the need for rapid improvement after critical Ofsted report

Somerset County Council is restating its commitment to rapid improvement of Children’s Services after fully accepting a critical Ofsted report. “We fully accept the key findings of this Ofsted inspection and the short-comings it highlights,” said Julian Wooster, Director of Children’s Services. “Services are not good enough and improvements need to be made quickly and […]

Good news for Somerset’s vulnerable learners

Three schools for vulnerable learners in Somerset have been rated good by Ofsted inspectors following recent visits. In September 2013 Somerset County Council restructured its arrangements for vulnerable learners being taught in Pupil Referral Units. This led to four PRUs being set up – The Bridge School Sedgemoor in Bridgwater, South Somerset Partnership School in […]

Director of Children’s Services

Somerset County Council has announced it has terminated its contract for the services of interim Director of Children’s Services Peter Lewis. It follows a series of disappointing reports into some of the Council’s Children’s Homes and Children’s Centres. Mr Lewis will leave the Council immediately. As he is not an employee of the Council, there […]

Children’s homes to close

Somerset County Council today announced it was taking decisive action to start the process of closing two of its children’s homes due to poor management, sub-standard care and concerns over safeguarding. Staff and residents at the two homes – West End Cottage at Chedzoy and Appledore near West Pennard – were told of the closures […]

Rise in Somerset schools rated ‘good or better’ by inspectors

Teachers and pupils are welcoming a boost in the number of Somerset’s primary and secondary schools being rated ‘good or better’ by Ofsted inspectors. Figures discussed at Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny Committee today show the county now has a higher ranking among England’s 150 local authorities for both high-performing primary and secondary schools. 87% of […]