Boost to education in town

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ROTHERHAM schools and education services have received a boost with the Government confirming standards are on the rise.

An official Notice to Improve warning has been lifted following a new inspection of the town’s children’s and young people’s service.

It is now said to be performing adequately, with five of the town’s schools now rated outstanding.

Rotherham has boosted standards ahead of a deadline set for improvements by the Department for Education.

Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Tim Loughton MP, congratulated the service for the progress and praised “strong commitment” to tackle areas that still need further improvement.

Council leader Roger Stone said: “This is good news for everyone who has worked so hard to make the improvements so that we can ensure our children and young people get the care, support and opportunities they deserve.

“The introduction of the notice was a real wake-up call to everyone and people have responded magnificently to the challenge and created strong foundations for the future development of services.”

The improvement Notice was served in December 2009, after Ofsted said it was ‘performing poorly’. Services have been monitored regularly ever since.

Coun Paul Lakin, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are clear that there is still a long way to go and we have to build on the improvements we have made so that our young people reach their full potential.”