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A county in the north of England provides a shining example of how to run children's care services, writes Mark Whitehead.
Inspectors have praised Peterborough City Council for creating the conditions for the city’s children’s services ‘to thrive’.
North Yorkshire County Council has become the first authority to receive an ‘outstanding’ grade in every category under the new social care inspection framework.
Ofsted will carry out a full inspection of Wakefield’s children’s services after they were rated ‘requiring improvement’ two years ago.
Ofsted has struggled to meet its inspection targets due to ‘significant’ financial and staffing challenges, auditors say.
Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.
Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.
A re-inspection of Sandwell Council’s children’s services found they remain ‘inadequate’ ahead of the launch of the council’s new Children’s Trust.
Rotherham Council’s children’s services have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, following three years of Government intervention in the aftermath of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
The Government has been accused of dragging its feet over inspections of children's centres, which have been frozen since 2015.