Council services show improvement

DONCASTER Council’s Children’s Services have been rated as ‘adequate’ in an Ofsted assessment, following three consecutive years of ‘poor’ ratings.

The report, published on November 8, highlighted improvements made in the last year in safeguarding, supporting young people to learn and stay safe, as well as the quality of day-care settings and local authority children’s homes.

The large majority of provision for children under five and almost three quarters of primary schools were said to be good or better.

One of the key improvements has been in GCSE achievement and the rate of improvement in the number of students getting five A*-C with English and Maths is twice that made nationally.

Areas that need to improve further include the quality of secondary schools, post-16 provision and outcomes for young people by the age of 19.

Chris Pratt, Director of the Children and Young People’s Service, said: “Children’s Services in Doncaster are making progress, and I’m pleased that Ofsted have recognised the areas where we have improved.

“There is still a long way to go until we have a consistently good service for all children and young people in Doncaster but I am committed to making sure that we continue to improve in all areas and will vigorously implement Ofsted’s recommendations.

“We now have a stable senior management team with some excellent staff working for them and I see no reason why we shouldn’t continue on our improvement journey.”