‘Provision needs to be outstanding’

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CHILDREN’S services in Milton Keynes continue to ‘perform well’.

That’s the latest official verdict published by Ofsted last Tuesday.

The latest annual assessment of all 152 local authorities in England reflects all inspections of services, settings and institutions that have taken place across children’s services during the last year and takes into account key performance information. 

In its report, Ofsted highlighted the ‘good progress’ made in the key areas for further development identified in 2010 and recognises that the large majority of services, settings and institutions inspected by Ofsted are good or outstanding.

Director of Children’s Services at Milton Keynes Council, Gail Tolley, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have acknowledged that we are continuing to make good progress towards our ambition to be outstanding.

“I would like to thank all those colleagues and organisations who have worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for our children, young people and families in the last year.”

Councillor Andy Dransfield, Lead Member for Children and Young People, said: “I am pleased with the steady progress made since last year however we have not yet achieved our objective of being assessed as outstanding.

“I might be prepared to take my foot off the accelerator when all provision is judged outstanding.”