Portsmouth has been praised by OFSTED with a glowing report for inclusion in the city.
The inspection looked at the way education, health and care work together to meet the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
It praised the city’s strong leadership and collaborative approach to meet the aim of being a ‘Needs led city’ and highlighted the success of parents, carers and young people being central to this success.
Lib Dem led Portsmouth City Council is fast becoming a leader in this area with praise from Sajid Javid in Parliament following a Portsmouth visit and a request to work with other councils.
Southsea Councillor, Suzy Horton, who is Cabinet Member for Education said, “I am very proud that Portsmouth is getting the national recognition it deserves for the collaborative approach it has taken to become an inclusive city for our young people. I have no doubt whatsoever, that the success to date has been the partnership working that is at the core of this success. The strength of those relationships will be needed in the years to come.”
This builds on last year’s Ofsted praising the leadership and child-centred approach of the Children’s Social Care team, as well as the growing number of Portsmouth schools with their own OFSTED successes (over 90% are Good or Outstanding now) and bodes well for feedback from a recent OFSTED on children’s mental health.
The full report can be found on the Local Offer: www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/