EDUCATION watchdog Ofsted has said the Isle of Wight presents the region’s greatest challenge.
In its first ever report into education standards in the South East, published today (Wednesday), Ofsted said 86 per cent of Island secondary school pupils were in schools that were less than good.
It added that 68 per cent were in schools graded inadequate.
The report stated: "In response to this, we decided to prioritise the Isle of Wight’s school inspection services for inspection. This was one of the first such inspections nationwide."
Ofsted said inspectors found the local authority’s approach to school improvement lacked coordination and did not have the confidence of schools.
Key decisions about resource deployment, school organisation and place planning had been characterised by poor analysis, limited consultation and weak implementation.
The report concluded: "The result is too many children and young people on the Isle of Wight still lack access to a good education."
View the report below:
Ofsted South East Regional Report