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Inspector's say children's services are performing well

Article By: Coventry City Council

The Council's Children's Services are performing well according to a government report.

Coventry City Council's children's services are performing well according to a government report.

Ofsted found that the majority of services, settings and institutions inspected are good or better. 'Secondary schools, special schools and the pupil referral units were deemed to be 'a strength', with the very large majority judged to be at least 'good.' The fostering services were judged outstanding and the adoption service good in their last inspection.

Compared to averages for similar areas in the country, the very large majority of outcomes are in line or better. 'Fewer children are permanently excluded from school than in similar local authorities. The proportion of 16 to 18 year olds in education, training or work is better than in similar areas and in the top 25% of local authorities nationally.'

The very large majority of individual settings and services make a good contribution to keeping children and young people safe.

Inspectors also praised the support for children and young people to lead healthy lives which is 'good or better' in the very large majority of inspected services and settings. Most health outcomes are in line with those in similar areas or nationally and the number of children and young people who take part in physical activity and sport has continued to increase in line with the national picture.'

The report states that the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the city remain a problem however.

Councillor Joe Clifford, Cabinet Member (Children and Young People) said: "We are very pleased with the report which recognises the hard work we put in to improving outcomes for children and young people in Coventry. We are keeping children safe and healthy, keeping them in education and training for longer and our increasingly good exam results show the quality of schools and teaching in the city.

"We are of course disappointed that our teenage conception rates remain high despite our persistent efforts to reduce them, however this still remains a priority area for us and we will continue to work hard to improve the problem."

Copies of the full report are available from Ofsted: