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Bright future for education in Lambeth and Southwark

An Ofsted report published today makes encouraging reading for 14-19 year olds in Lambeth and Southwark, giving an overall “good” rating to education provision for this age range.

The OFSTED 14-19 Area Inspection has found that young people in the boroughs have made good progress at key stages 3 and 4, with results closing on the national average and post-16 results on an upward trend.

It also says that since the last inspection fewer young people are out of education or employment, with more young people going on to further education.

In particular, the report has found access to education, the quality of teaching, the guidance and support on offer, and leadership and management all to be “good.”

It says that Lambeth and Southwark LEAs have strengthened their strategies and that the Learning and Skills Council London Central is effective in meeting the needs of these boroughs.

“The Ofsted report shows that the offer from schools, Lambeth and Southwark colleges and local training providers to young people has improved a lot over the last three years and that overall the area has a good provision for its learners. The LSC London central is very pleased with the result and recognises all the partners’ support in achieving this, “ said Steve Crow, Director of Development, LSC London central.

While acknowledging strengths in the educational provision, the report also outlines places where improvements could be made, including building on the partnerships that already exist with voluntary organisations and employers.

The report was welcomed by Lambeth executive member for Education Anthony Bottrall. “Credit and thanks must go to the hard work and commitment shown by the entire school community, “ he said.

“The inspectors were clearly impressed by the extent of recent improvements in our KS3 and KS4 results, at rates well above the national average.

“We have also been fortunate to have such a strong further education partner to work with in Lambeth college. We will continue to build on these achievements while addressing the issues which were rated as in need of improvement.”

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