The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham held a conference last month to advise other local authorities about Ofsted inspections of their school improvement services.
The council was the first to have its programme reviewed by Ofsted under the November 2014 framework. The conference aimed to help other boroughs through the inspection process, providing tips gained from first-hand experience. It was attended by 50 delegates from across the country on 27 April.
Barking and Dagenham was praised by Ofsted for its school improvement programme, which inspectors said “was leading to genuine, sustained improvement", while the council’s “ambitious vision” for the borough’s schools was also praised.
Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education and schools, said: “The Ofsted inspection found strong leadership and a clear direction in the council from senior officers and councillors and we are determined to continue to provide ambitious leadership that achieves a good or outstanding education for all of our children.
“It was a pleasure to share our experiences, pass on good practice and continue our drive to continuously make improvements that will make a difference in the lives of young people. We are delighted that delegates appreciated the information and support provided.”
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