County council’s children services ‘adequate’

children’s services across Nottinghamshire has been rated ‘adequate’ by Ofsted inspectors.

The latest assesment is an improvement on last years ‘performing poorly’ rating, and the council has now had its improvement notice lifted.

The audit included inspections of schools, children’s centres, fostering and adoption, child protection, youth offending and safeguarding services.

Cllr Philip Owen, cabinet member for children, said: “We need to improve the attainment of young people from low-income families and pupils over 16 in sixth forms or colleges, and our secondary schools need to do better overall. Our ongoing academy programme is partnering outstanding academies with schools that need additional support in raising education standards. We still have some way to go, but we are moving in the right direction.”