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 September 2018 was slightly lower at 86%. The School Improvement Service provides guidance to all schools about being prepared for inspection. The service has been strengthened with the appointment of three school improvement advisors, with a further advisor joining in September 2018. The service will sharpen the focus of all schools on pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds through the 'diminishing the difference' initiative as well as the performance of pupils who are not disadvantaged.