Council service ‘adequate’

DONCASTER Council’s children’s services has been rated as ‘adequate’ in an Ofsted assessment, following three consecutive years of ‘poor’ ratings.

The report highlighted improvements made in the last year in safeguarding, supporting young people to learn and stay safe, as well as the quality of day-care settings and children’s homes.

One of the key improvements has been in GCSE achievement and the rate of improvement in the number of pupils getting five A*-C with English and Maths is twice that made nationally.

Areas that need to improve include the quality of secondary schools, post-16 provision and outcomes for young people by the age of 19.

Chris Pratt, the council’s director of the children and young people’s service, said: “There is still a long way to go until we have a consistently good service for all children and young people.”