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A message from Matt Dunkley CBE:

7 June 2019 weekly update

7 June 2019

This week, Matt summarises the quality of education in Kent schools as reflected in the most recent Ofsted inspection judgements.

Dear Colleagues

Ofsted Update: 92% of Kent Schools now Good or Outstanding

As we begin a new school term, I would like to summarise the position as of 1 June 2019 on the quality of education in Kent schools as reflected in the most recent Ofsted inspection judgements.

The latest Ofsted Inspection figures during this year show continued further improvements in the quality of education in Kent schools.

Overall 92.5% of schools in Kent are now rated good or outstanding compared to 85% nationally. This includes 21% of schools judged to be outstanding and 71.5% judged to be good.

This overall figures includes 94% of Primary Schools judged to be good or outstanding, 89% of Secondary schools, 91% of Special schools and 50% of PRUs in Kent. In addition, 98% of Early Years Settings are good or outstanding which is a solid position we have maintained.

In Kent now, 93% of pupils attend a good or outstanding school, including 94% of Primary pupils, 92% of Secondary pupils and 94% of pupils attending Special schools. This means that 207,203 pupils now attend a good or outstanding school in Kent.

I am pleased that the positive trajectory in the County has continued during this academic year.

Thank you for all your hard work in delivering School Improvement in Kent.

Summer Headteacher Briefings: July 2019

I would like to formally invite you to attend my Summer Term Briefings in July.

We have been lucky enough to secure Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation and his Deputy Stephen Fraser, who will present data about Kent schools to us and share ideas for a joint education project in Kent. This will be an exciting opportunity that I would encourage Kent Schools to link in to.

The dates for the briefings are as follows:

  • Monday 8 July - 9am for a 9:30am start to 12pm - Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UX
  • Monday 8 July - 1:30pm for 2pm start to 4:30pm - The Spitfire Ground (Canterbury Cricket Ground), St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3NZ
  • Tuesday 9 July - 1pm for 1:30pm start to 4pm - Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE

To book a place, please email confirming your name, school and the session you are able to join. An agenda will be available on the day.

Matt Dunkley CBE
Corporate Director
Children, Young People and Education