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Kent schools continue to improve as Ofsted ranks 89 per cent either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’

PUBLISHED: 11:37 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 September 2016

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Nationally, only 84 per cent are rated in those two categories

Kent schools are continuing to improve and perform better than the national average, according to figures from Ofsted.

As many students across the county returned to school this week, the education watchdog has revealed that some 89 per cent of schools in Kent are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ compared with 84 per cent nationally.

In August 2015, 82 per cent fell into those two categories, having risen consistently from 75 per cent in 2014, 71 per cent in 2013, 60 per cent in 2012 and 59 per cent in 2011.

The current situation is that 85 per cent of secondary schools, 90 per cent of primary schools, 98 per cent of special schools and 86 per cent of Pupil Referral Units are judged to be Good or Outstanding, as well as 95 per cent of Early Years settings.

Patrick Leeson, KCC’s corporate director of education, said the excellent results highlighted the hard work and dedication of all involved in education in Kent and the determination to make sure every school a child attends is Good or Outstanding.

“I am delighted the most recent Ofsted inspection judgments show that even more schools are continuing to deliver better education in Kent,” he said.

“Improving the education, welfare, safety and life chances of children and young people is the most important thing we do, and these continued improvements will make a difference for many years to come.”

Roger Gough, cabinet member for education, added: “Ofsted is continually raising the bar in terms of standards in schools and Kent schools have risen to this challenge.

“We are continually looking for improvements and have set an ambitious target of at least 90 per cent of primary and secondary schools to be judged good or outstanding in the next year or two.

“Our vision is that every child and young person should go to a good or outstanding school, have access to the best teaching, and benefit from schools and other providers working in partnership with each other to share the best practice as they continue to improve.”

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