Inspectors praise service

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Strong leadership, support for schools and committed staff are all recognised in a progress report on Argyll and Bute Council’s Education service.

HM Inspectors of Education published their findings of a follow-up inspection on how the council is improving its education functions.

Their summary findings recognise that: the council’s vision and strategy is now driving clearly the Education Service’s improvement planning; Staff have sustained and strengthened their efforts to embed improvements at all levels of the education community; A structured approach to school improvement visits, and a sound evaluative process for identifying risk, mean the council can provide customised support to individual schools and groups of schools; And staff at all levels have continued to increase their skills and confidence in the use of data analysis to achieve and sustain improved outcomes for children and young people.

The findings also touch on steps taken to support on-going improvement.

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, policy lead for education, said: “A huge amount of hard work is being done at all levels across our education community.”

HM Inspectors will visit the council again in 2018, this time to focus on how well the council is improving the quality of young people’s attainment.