Figures from the latest Ofsted annual report show that the vast majority of Lancashire’s children and young people continue to be taught in schools that are either good or outstanding.
The latest Ofsted statistics show that 94% of Lancashire’s primary age pupils attend schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding, compared to the national average of 90%, and to the North West average of 92%.
77% of the county’s pupils attend secondary schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding. This figure compares to the national average of 79% and to the North West average of 71%.
The figures for primary age pupils are above both the national and regional averages. The figures for secondary age pupils are above the regional average.
Ofsted also rates the quality of early education positively. Statistics show that 98% of three and four-year-old children benefit from good or outstanding provision in Lancashire’s private, voluntary and independent providers and maintained nursery schools. Nationally this figure is 97%.
Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, County Councillor Susie Charles, said: “Educational performance in Lancashire continues to set a high standard in the region, and compares well with the national average.
“I’m really proud of these results. They are a testament to the high quality of the teaching in our schools and the commitment of pupils and their families to learning. And they show that the overall standard of education in Lancashire is up there with the best in the region.
“We certainly won’t rest on our laurels though and we’ll continue to make sure that we fulfil our aim of all our pupils being able to attend a school which is rated as good or outstanding. This is demonstrated by the county council’s cabinet approving the new Lancashire Ambition plan last week, committing to building further upon this achievement. ”
The Ofsted Annual Report for 2016/17 was published today, Wednesday 13 December, and gives a national overview of early years, schools, colleges and further education providers in England.