EDITOR’S COMMENT: Ofsted blast is more than a wake-up call

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The issue of educating our young people is one we should all take ownership of.

Through education, we benefit from a skilled workforce, innovators in our society and we leave a legacy of hope.

That’s why this week’s damning report from Ofsted on Suffolk County Council makes disturbing reading.

We have such a small window to capture the imaginations of our young people while they are in education. Any shortcomings in the system affect lives and futures – and action must be swift to put right the problems.

Officers have been singled out for failing to intervene quickly enough to help those schools with problems. The authority has, however, been told it is tackling the right issues and is preparing to publish a four-year improvement strategy.

Ok, that’s positive – but council supremo Deborah Cadman must ensure that results come much quicker than that.

The futures of our young people are at stake and any delays in resolving problems could have far-reaching consequences.

>Barry Peters, Editor

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