Criticism leads to review

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COUNTYWIDE testing for Northumberland pupils, to be in place by the summer, is one of the goals of the county council, as it responds to recent criticism from Ofsted.

And a wide range of further options including more support for schools, teachers, leadership and governors were discussed as Northumberland County Council’s family and children’s services scrutiny committee met on Tuesday morning.

It came after school inspectors spent a focused week in the county in October, sparked by concerns about the attainment of pupils on free school meals compared to elsewhere.


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