A LEADING Conservative councillor has reacted angrily to the Ofsted annual report which has placed Thurrock, third from bottom in the country.
Shadow spokesperson for education, cllr James Halden said: “This is a devastating report slamming Thurrock for being the third worst council in the country.
“Thurrock Council is just in denial. They are constantly saying we are doing well and we have a good relationship with local schools, yet 8 out of 10 secondary schools have left local authority control.
“Since becoming my groups lead member in May, I have been in over half of our schools to talk about the benefits of being free from the council. This report just goes to show that we have been right all along.”
“It is the Conservatives who have been attacking this “Thurrock shrug”. If there is one thing it proves, then it is that Labour are asleep at the wheel.
“It is time they woke up. We are in the bottom three councils for primary education in the country.
“I call on Labour to back our plans for school freedom, that he has been blindly opposing for too long”.
Asked if he thought, the Gateway Learning Community model, may be a way forward for primary education, cllr Halden said: “Of course. Supply and demand is the reality with parents in terms of wanting the best schools.
“It is sharing high quality teaching across a spectrum of schools within the community. Look at how Gateway is helping primary schools, with the aim of preparing them for year 7.
“Many schools are sending teachers from secondary into year 6 to help that the transition. It is what we need in a area that’s the third worst for primary education.
“Sending subject teachers to where they need to be in younger years to raise standards is a best practice example of what the independent sector has been doing for years.