SOLIHULL’S children and young people are getting a “good” standard of teaching and care - that was the verdict from Ofsted this week.
The education watchdog awarded the authority a grade 3 - with grade 4 the highest that can be achieved.
New schools in the north of the borough were among those earmarked for praise. Ofsted was impressed with their impact on the local community, reducing the number of local youngsters who are not in education, employment or training.
Services for children with learning difficulties and disabilities and the anti-bullying strategy also impressed the inspectors. But the report also said too few young people benefit from publicly funded youth services and there was also a disparity between achievement in the north and south of the borough - although the gap is closing .
Councillor Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: “I am pleased that yet again, Solihull is shown to be a council that takes the care of its children seriously.
“There are some areas in which we need to improve but generally, this is an extremely good result.”
The full report is available online at www.ofsted.gov.uk.