Schools in Derby a serious concern, says Ofsted

The BBC reports that school inspectors have raised serious concerns about educational standards in Derby.

Ofsted says schools are not progressing there because there are too few academy trusts in the area with experience in improving struggling schools.

The former chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, often referred to the East Midlands as an area of concern.

Derby is in the bottom 10 local authority areas for educational attainment and some of its schools will have large proportions of pupils from deprived backgrounds.

A spokesman for Ofsted said there was “a dearth of effective academy trusts to take over failing schools”.

The spokesman told the BBC Ofsted was concerned about the amount of time being taken to to “rebroker” schools.

Rebrokerage happens when an academy school is judged to be failing and the commissioner often has to look for another charitable trust – academy sponsor – to take over the school.

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