The % of schools and academies in Central Bedfordshire rated as Good or Outstanding by OFSTED is a key measure to demonstrate the effectiveness of educational provision. Performance in June 2016 was 85%, but has improved since then and remains broadly stable between 87% and 90%.
Performance as at the end of March 2017 was slightly lower at 86%. The School Improvement Service provides guidance to all schools about being prepared for inspection. The service has recently been strengthened with the appointment of two school improvement advisors, with a further advisor joining soon. An interim head of school improvement has been recruited pending the appointment of a permanent post holder. The service has sought to sharpen the focus of all schools on pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds through the 'diminishing the difference' initiative. Our broader school improvement strategy will also be launched this term.