Ofsted says Derby City Council has improved but has to work harder to help schools
MORE work needs to be done by the city council to help Derby schools improve, according to the Office for Standards in Education.
But Sean Harford, Ofsted's regional director, said that the council's support for city schools "had improved in the past year", following the publications of reports for 10 school inspections carried out simultaneously last month.
In the inspections, three schools maintained their "good" or "outstanding" ratings, four others improved from "satisfactory" to "good" and the final three were rated as "requires improvement".
Derby was the first city in the UK to be subjected to an Ofsted "swoop", which required 10 inspection teams to carry out the work.
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Additionally, 12 other schools were contacted by phone to check their views on the city council.
The swoop followed criticism of education standards in the city by both the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Andrew Bunyan, city strategic director for children and young people, said: "We are pleased that recent improvements were evident.
"We'll use expertise from within and beyond the city to help all our schools to improve."