The council has received a very favourable report on the quality of Merton Education Service following rigorous inspection by OFSTED over a two-week period during September.
A record 21 areas have been awarded the two highest grades. These top rated services include support for early years and secondary education, support for school leaders, managers and governors, and pupil place planning and asset management.
Improvement in the LEA’s support for social inclusion is good with six out of seven measures in the top two grades. The LEA is good at supporting school improvement overall and exercising very well its SEN functions to support school improvement. Leadership by Merton senior officers is good and the report describes an LEA demonstrating good capacity for further improvement.
The two main areas for development identified in the report are for the LEA to implement its SEN strategy and, bring in to line, the budget for SEN.
Councillor David Chung, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said:
“I am very pleased to receive a report that notes that, despite the challenges of schools re-organisation in Merton, the service has improved and has been judged to have everything in place to do even better. This gives us the springboard to reach our targets in the ‘Journey to Excellence’. We work hard in Merton to provide high quality services to schools, children and their parents and it is good to have our efforts recognised in a public report.”
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