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Norfolk and Isle of Wight are the first local authorities to undergo the new school improvement inspections

07 Jun 2013

For the first time, teams of Ofsted inspectors will on Monday (10 June) begin inspecting local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement in two parts of the country – Norfolk and the Isle of Wight – to find out why these authorities have such a disproportionate number of under-performing schools.

HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that Ofsted was determined to find out what lies behind this under-performance and to challenge and work with local authorities to raise standards and close the gap between the worst and best performing authorities in England.

The five-day inspections are taking place under a new framework, which came into force last month. These new inspections will determine whether councils are providing the right level of support and challenge to schools in their jurisdiction as well as promoting high standards and fair access to educational opportunity for all their children.  

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