Last month OFSTED published its report on the effectiveness of Bexley
council’s safeguarding of children and all five aspects of their
responsibilities were judged “Requires improvement”. Greater detail was
reported on 4th June.
Will Tuckley responded to that damning commentary by issuing a Press Release. It said “I want to thank all staff involved, councillors and our partners for working together to deliver a better service and committing to continue to improve”. If you knew no better you might believe that OFSTED rated Bexley ‘good’.
OFSTED has also recently reported on St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Sidcup; it rated it as “Requires improvement” in three categories and ‘good’ in a fourth. So not brilliant but better than the Bexley managed children’s care services. Presumably Bexley council sent words of encouragement to the school staff and governors as they did for care services.
No, not a bit of it.
Care Services are the direct responsibility of Chief Executive Will Tuckley and Director Mark Charters, shortly to take up a new appointment in the Isle of Man. Schools have boards of governors.
For rather better performance than Bexley achieved themselves, council leader Teresa O’Neill has decided that St. Peter Chanel School be issued with a formal warning. The details are here. Why didn’t Mark Charters and the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services get one?