Inspectors highlight improved schools

Three-quarters of special schools were found to be better last year
than in 2002 and almost a third were very good or excellent,
according to education watchdog Ofsted’s 2002-3 annual report for

The report also praised the quality of teaching in four out of five
special schools. But one-fifth had weaknesses in the assessment and
recording of pupils’ progress.

Care provision in residential special schools was also found to be
good, the report says.

Leadership and management was unsatisfactory in a quarter of
special schools for pupils with emotional, social and behavioural
difficulties. These schools often experienced difficulty in
recruiting and maintaining staff, including senior managers, it

Almost all child care providers were found to provide satisfactory
or good quality child care. 

– Report from

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