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90% of schools in city now rated Good or Outstanding

Nine out of 10 schools in Wolverhampton are now rated either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted – the highest ever.


That is an increase of 20 percentage points in less than a decade, and also means that the proportion of schools in Wolverhampton with one of the two top grades is now considerably higher than both the regional and national averages.


Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "As a council, we are determined that our city's children and young people get the best possible start in life – and that means ensuring they have access to the best possible education, too.


"We have been committed to raising education standards over recent years. It is a central theme in our council plan and we're keen to work closely with local schools and academy trusts to ensure the best outcomes for all our children and young people.


"And we are in an excellent position, with more pupils in Wolverhampton now able to attend Good or Outstanding schools than ever before.


"This is thanks to the hard work of leaders, teachers, governors, pupils and parents, as well the sustained investment in education we have made over the last decade.


"Our Education Excellence Strategy, written in partnership with school leaders, ensures that all schools are reviewed annually, identifying areas of strength and areas where there can be further development.


"Where additional support is needed to help schools get better, our Education Excellence team works closely with school leadership teams, governors and a host of services including Early Years, Citizenship Language and Learning, safeguarding and SEND and Inclusion, and this work has brought about a noticeable increase in standards over recent years.


“We carry out regular meetings with school leaders to monitor progress and review the quality of teaching, meet with the directors and CEOs of multi academy trusts to share updates and to offer support and challenge, and help governing bodies to recruit and train new members and appoint school leaders.


“We also hold termly network meetings and workshops focused on school improvement for headteachers, middle leaders and subject leaders.


"This is all really important, because we know that, with more children or young people able to attend high performing schools, their educational outcomes are likely to improve still further, and I would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work which has got us to this enviable position."

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