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Debbie Jones appointed to national role

The Leader and Chief Executive of Lambeth Council have congratulated Debbie Jones, Lambeth’s Executive Director of Children and Young People’s Services, today on her appointment as Ofsted Regional Director London, Education, Learning & Skills.

Debbie Jones will take up her new national role at Ofsted after three years working for Lambeth council.

Under Debbie’s leadership Lambeth:
•    Became the only local authority in the country to secure four ‘outstanding’ awards in children’s services for adoption, fostering, looked after children and safeguarding in June 2012.
•    Was the first council to give young people power over youth services through the establishment of the Young Lambeth Cooperative.
•    Improved school standards with children in Lambeth more likely to attend a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary school than pupils in most other parts of the country, according to an Ofsted report in December 2012. According to Ofsted 84% of Lambeth children attend a primary school that is rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ which puts Lambeth eighth out of 150 councils across the country.
•    Invested in new schools in Lambeth including the refurbishment of Dunraven and Norwood secondary schools, expansion of Lilian Baylis Technical College’s sixth form, building of a new secondary academy at Tulse Hill, rebuilding  of Fenstanton Primary school and building of a new Julian’s Norwood primary school in West Norwood.

Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council said,
“Debbie Jones’ dedication and commitment has helped to raise the bar for children’s services and the result has meant thousands of young people in Lambeth have had a better start in life. Debbie has played a vital role in improving the quality of services for children and young people in Lambeth, leading her team raise standards. I am proud that Lambeth’s youth services are now among the best in the country. We wish Debbie all the best in her new role and thank her for the enormous contribution to Lambeth.”

Derrick Anderson, Chief Executive of Lambeth Council, said,
“Debbie Jones has made a tremendous contribution to Lambeth, improving the lives of children and overseeing a department that has achieved a number of outstanding reviews. Debbie will leave Lambeth with a strong team in place, equipped to build on her work and continue to deliver better lives for children and young people across the borough.”

1.       Debbie Jones will be leaving Lambeth in September 2013 and will join Ofsted as Regional Director London, Education, Learning & Skills later in the year.

2.       In 2013 the Young Lambeth Cooperative will see the community take control of the council’s youth clubs, adventure playgrounds and one o’clock clubs and a budget of several million pounds for services. Over 1500 residents have expressed an interest in joining the Young Lambeth Cooperative. Anyone in Lambeth aged over 11 is entitled to join. More: http://www.younglambeth.org.

3.       In June 2012 Lambeth secured four ‘outstanding’ awards in children’s services for adoption, fostering, looked after children and safeguarding.  More: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/lambeth

4.       Debbie has been the President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services since  April 2012

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