Warrington slammed by Ofsted

Warrington Guardian: Warrington slammed by Ofsted Warrington slammed by Ofsted

WARRINGTON has been ranked as the worst local authority in the country for early years children reaching a good level of development if they receive a free school meal.

Youngsters up the age of five are less likely to achieve well in comparison to other towns and cities in England, a report has revealed.

But a council spokesman has hit back at the report, claiming that the findings are not ‘an accurate reflection of children’s performance’.

A report published by Ofsted revealed that only 18 per cent of early years youngsters achieve well in communication and language, physical, personal, social and emotional development and within literacy and maths.

Warrington fell significantly behind neighbouring local authorities for improving the outcomes for deprived children in the community.

Forty three per cent of children achieved a good level of development in St Helens, with Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester reaching 36 per cent and 31 per cent respectively.

A council spokesman said: “Warrington’s current performance has been assessed under a new framework for the early foundation stage, which was introduced in September 2012.

“Under the previous framework Warrington has always performed well so, while we are now taking on board the changes within the revised framework, it is fair to say that the dip in performance is more a reflection of the need to allow time for the new framework to embed rather than an accurate reflection of children’s performance.

“We have already alerted schools to this data and are working with moderators to revise our support to early years groups and schools.

“We recognise it is within the early years that we can make the biggest difference in transforming the lives of our most vulnerable children and will be working closely with groups to ensure the new framework is embedded.”

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8:19am Wed 23 Apr 14

PageA says...

ok..so is it just Warrington that have been troubled with this new framework or does it apply to everyone? If it applies to everyone equally...Can you try again to tell us why are we only reaching 50% of the achievement of Cheshire and why are we the worst in the country? Or should we blame OFSTED again for some sort of hidden agenda?
ok..so is it just Warrington that have been troubled with this new framework or does it apply to everyone? If it applies to everyone equally...Can you try again to tell us why are we only reaching 50% of the achievement of Cheshire and why are we the worst in the country? Or should we blame OFSTED again for some sort of hidden agenda? PageA
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9:33am Wed 23 Apr 14

PageA says...

Worst in the country Warrington Guardian! Our children get the worst start In life compared to anywhere else in the country! Why is this story not at the top of your page? Is this going to be front page tomorrow? We're the worst in the country. I do hope this story features prominently onThursday. What can be more important than the support that we give to our children ?
Worst in the country Warrington Guardian! Our children get the worst start In life compared to anywhere else in the country! Why is this story not at the top of your page? Is this going to be front page tomorrow? We're the worst in the country. I do hope this story features prominently onThursday. What can be more important than the support that we give to our children ? PageA
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7:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

local man says...

Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.
Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too. local man
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8:38pm Wed 23 Apr 14

PageA says...

local man wrote:
Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.
We've got to raise our expectations and their aspirations Local man. Look at this story disappearing out of sight...timed to perfection. Has the head of children's services left yet?
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.[/p][/quote]We've got to raise our expectations and their aspirations Local man. Look at this story disappearing out of sight...timed to perfection. Has the head of children's services left yet? PageA
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12:45pm Thu 24 Apr 14

richiepooh says...

and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle!
and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle! richiepooh
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2:50pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Uncoded says...

richiepooh wrote:
and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle!
To say teachers always strike is ridiculous and simply untrue.
I think it's about time that parents started to shoulder some of the responsibility for the education of their children.
A number of parents let their children sit in front of a TV or play video games for hours on end. This is not good for the development of the child. This, along with poor diet, is a major factor in the ever growing number of poorly educated children.
Their life at home is the single biggest influence on a child.
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle![/p][/quote]To say teachers always strike is ridiculous and simply untrue. I think it's about time that parents started to shoulder some of the responsibility for the education of their children. A number of parents let their children sit in front of a TV or play video games for hours on end. This is not good for the development of the child. This, along with poor diet, is a major factor in the ever growing number of poorly educated children. Their life at home is the single biggest influence on a child. Uncoded
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5:28pm Thu 24 Apr 14

voice of (some) of the people says...

PageA wrote:
local man wrote: Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.
We've got to raise our expectations and their aspirations Local man. Look at this story disappearing out of sight...timed to perfection. Has the head of children's services left yet?
http://www.warringto
nguardian.co.uk/news
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job_at_Ofsted/

The irony!
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.[/p][/quote]We've got to raise our expectations and their aspirations Local man. Look at this story disappearing out of sight...timed to perfection. Has the head of children's services left yet?[/p][/quote]http://www.warringto nguardian.co.uk/news /11000990.Council_di rector_lands_senior_ job_at_Ofsted/ The irony! voice of (some) of the people
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6:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PageA says...

Uncoded wrote:
richiepooh wrote:
and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle!
To say teachers always strike is ridiculous and simply untrue.
I think it's about time that parents started to shoulder some of the responsibility for the education of their children.
A number of parents let their children sit in front of a TV or play video games for hours on end. This is not good for the development of the child. This, along with poor diet, is a major factor in the ever growing number of poorly educated children.
Their life at home is the single biggest influence on a child.
You're right uncoded. But I presume this happens in households across the nation... so why is Warrington rated the worst in the country?
[quote][p][bold]Uncoded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle![/p][/quote]To say teachers always strike is ridiculous and simply untrue. I think it's about time that parents started to shoulder some of the responsibility for the education of their children. A number of parents let their children sit in front of a TV or play video games for hours on end. This is not good for the development of the child. This, along with poor diet, is a major factor in the ever growing number of poorly educated children. Their life at home is the single biggest influence on a child.[/p][/quote]You're right uncoded. But I presume this happens in households across the nation... so why is Warrington rated the worst in the country? PageA
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10:27am Sat 26 Apr 14

PageA says...

Just read two stories on here about children being turned away from their GP with potentially life threatening ilnesses. Are we the worst for children's health as well as early years development? Anyway enough of the unimportant stuff...how are those planters and conifers in bridge street doing? Have we found a business sponsor for the new piece of artwork yet? Shouldn't we have had that sorted before we commissioned it? What's Kerry Katona up to these days? What's the big scoop this week Magill? Oh yeh that's right you often visit pubs in the town..righto
Just read two stories on here about children being turned away from their GP with potentially life threatening ilnesses. Are we the worst for children's health as well as early years development? Anyway enough of the unimportant stuff...how are those planters and conifers in bridge street doing? Have we found a business sponsor for the new piece of artwork yet? Shouldn't we have had that sorted before we commissioned it? What's Kerry Katona up to these days? What's the big scoop this week Magill? Oh yeh that's right you often visit pubs in the town..righto PageA
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1:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

local man wrote:
Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.
Spot on with your last comment as the education and learning starts in the family home. Far too many children are left and restricted in their development until they attend school. Far to many children are being treated as chattels and status symbols with in contemporary Warrington, and the evidence is now out and is suddenly a cause for concern, or is it. Typical of the WBC to dismiss the facts out of hand. Come on you parents of preschool children start education your children at home, apart from the few savvy parents who have done this already but it is not the majority of parents.

Watch the dismissals and excuse lists now proliferate this comment stream.
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: Some of our schools leave a lot to be desired im afraid. Some of the raw material is probably an issue too.[/p][/quote]Spot on with your last comment as the education and learning starts in the family home. Far too many children are left and restricted in their development until they attend school. Far to many children are being treated as chattels and status symbols with in contemporary Warrington, and the evidence is now out and is suddenly a cause for concern, or is it. Typical of the WBC to dismiss the facts out of hand. Come on you parents of preschool children start education your children at home, apart from the few savvy parents who have done this already but it is not the majority of parents. Watch the dismissals and excuse lists now proliferate this comment stream. SAC_in_Warrington
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2:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

richiepooh wrote:
and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle!
No richiepooh OFSTED are condemning parents for not educating their children before they get to school and for Warrington Borough Council for not taking steps to manage to get the children up to speed with their necessary developmental milestones.

The majority of teacher in warrington do work hard and some suffer the consequences of the stressful and often exhausting tome trying to control unruly and disinterested, or distracted children before they can commence their excellent teaching programme and lesson plans. A subject and a professional vocation that you seem to be seriously oblivious to.
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle![/p][/quote]No richiepooh OFSTED are condemning parents for not educating their children before they get to school and for Warrington Borough Council for not taking steps to manage to get the children up to speed with their necessary developmental milestones. The majority of teacher in warrington do work hard and some suffer the consequences of the stressful and often exhausting tome trying to control unruly and disinterested, or distracted children before they can commence their excellent teaching programme and lesson plans. A subject and a professional vocation that you seem to be seriously oblivious to. SAC_in_Warrington
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7:54pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Karlar says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
richiepooh wrote:
and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle!
No richiepooh OFSTED are condemning parents for not educating their children before they get to school and for Warrington Borough Council for not taking steps to manage to get the children up to speed with their necessary developmental milestones.

The majority of teacher in warrington do work hard and some suffer the consequences of the stressful and often exhausting tome trying to control unruly and disinterested, or distracted children before they can commence their excellent teaching programme and lesson plans. A subject and a professional vocation that you seem to be seriously oblivious to.
Teachers as well as parents also have a lot to answer for on the current state of our education system. We're reaping what we have sown for many years across the country. Now when someone wants to bring about improvements objections are raised. As Page rightly says this problem exists throughout the country so why is WBC at the lower end the lowest quartile?
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: and this is why when I moaned about teachers always striking I got people telling me how they "work hard"...point proven...bone idle![/p][/quote]No richiepooh OFSTED are condemning parents for not educating their children before they get to school and for Warrington Borough Council for not taking steps to manage to get the children up to speed with their necessary developmental milestones. The majority of teacher in warrington do work hard and some suffer the consequences of the stressful and often exhausting tome trying to control unruly and disinterested, or distracted children before they can commence their excellent teaching programme and lesson plans. A subject and a professional vocation that you seem to be seriously oblivious to.[/p][/quote]Teachers as well as parents also have a lot to answer for on the current state of our education system. We're reaping what we have sown for many years across the country. Now when someone wants to bring about improvements objections are raised. As Page rightly says this problem exists throughout the country so why is WBC at the lower end the lowest quartile? Karlar
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

jones1989 says...

i agree on uncoded here, i blame the parents, i see kids the age of around 7 still playing out gone 10pm nowq you tell me whos fault that is
i agree on uncoded here, i blame the parents, i see kids the age of around 7 still playing out gone 10pm nowq you tell me whos fault that is jones1989
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