Schools’ behaviour is praised

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CLASSROOM discipline in the borough has been praised in a new report.

The Department for Education’s Behaviour in Schools report ranked Wigan establishments among the best in the North West in this area.

Of the 132 primary and secondary schools in the borough, 119 were graded as Good or Outstanding where behaviour was concerned in their latest Ofsted inspections.

The news was welcomed by Coun Susan Loudon, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services. She said: “The schools must be congratulated as it creates a stable learning environment throughout the borough. The youngsters themselves must also be praised as they are now getting the best from the excellent education on offer to them and the report is fantastic for the whole school community of the borough.”

Ofsted inspect schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. They provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in schools.

Schools judged satisfactory are inspected every three years. Ofsted inspects schools judged to be good or better once at any time within a five-year period. Most schools receive one to two days’ notice of their inspection which usually lasts two days.

They are then graded - one being outstanding and four being inadequate. If inspectors judge a school inadequate it can be placed in special measures.

Other areas of the North West were also praised by the report, including St Helens where 64 of its 69 schools were Good or Outstanding for behaviour and Bolton, where 116 of 119 were deemed Good or Outstanding.