East Riding of Yorkshire schools improving, says Ofsted

There is "cause for optimism" after school inspections showed there have been improvements in East Yorkshire, the education watchdog says.

Ofsted inspected 15 schools in May, as it said too many were underperforming compared to elsewhere in the country.

Six had improved since their previous inspections, while two had declined from "good" to "requiring improvement".

But Ofsted said East Riding of Yorkshire Council needed to establish a clear strategy to help schools improve.

'More to be done'

In a letter to the council, Ofsted's regional director Nick Hudson said: "The improvement of just over one third of the schools inspected, and the sustaining of outstanding practice in one other school gives cause for optimism and reflects well upon the hard work of the senior leaders, teachers and pupils."

Head teachers were also asked how well the local authority supported schools.

Mr Hudson said: "There was acknowledgement for the work the local authority was doing to support and challenge the least effective schools.

"Nevertheless, much more needs to be done to establish and embed a clear strategic vision for sustained school improvement."

The local authority said it "welcomed" the outcome of the focused inspections.

Director of children, family and adult services, Alison Michalska, said: "I am confident that the work already well under way to sharpen our strategy will support all schools getting to good or better."

Ofsted said it was carrying out focused inspections at a number of local authorities to find out why children in some parts of the country had a lower chance of going to a better school than those elsewhere.

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