THE HIGHEST possible accolade has gone to Hampshire’s children’s services after it was rated excellent by Ofsted for the second time in a row.
Inspectors reported that the proportion of good or outstanding schools, nurseries and childcare providers has increased, helping children and young people to ‘learn well and stay safe’.
The assessment, which takes into account childcare and early years settings, post-16 education, residential children’s homes and fostering and adoption services, as well as other data such as exam results, highlighted many strengths.
These included the ‘large majority’ of childcare including childminding and children’s centres being judge as good or outstanding, no inadequate schools across the county, national average-smashing exam results, good to outstanding training for students over the age of 16 and excellent support for vulnerable youngsters.
Cllr Roy Perry, executive lead member for children’s services, said: ‘I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and dedication of all staff working within children’s services.
‘However, we are not complacent. We know there is still work to be done, particularly to improve educational outcomes for children from low-income backgrounds and in care.’