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Ongoing Success in London Praised for Dedicated Hard Work

The London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark held a joint event last week to celebrate the successful outcome of the 14 -19 Ofsted Area Wide Inspection Report, published in April 2005.

The Ofsted report marked a significant improvement in the quality of local training and education provided to college students in the two boroughs. The area gained an inspection grade of 2, achieving an overall assessment of “Good” in its provision of education and training for 14 ““ 19 year old people.

The event, organised by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) London Central was held at Glaziers hall and was attended by the Leader of Southwark Council, Nicholas Stanton, Lambeth’s Councillor for Education, Anthony Bottrall, and the Chair of LSC London Central Yvonne Thompson.

Hope for the Future

Steve Crow, Director of Development at LSC London Central, who was thrilled with the boroughs” achievement, praised the “hard work and collaboration of both partnerships in achieving an excellent inspection result.” He described the event as a hopeful signal to the future challenges that lay ahead.

The Chair of LSC London Central, Yvonne Thompson similarly expressed her delight with the “great outcome for both Lambeth and Southwark.” Thompson claimed the result rightly awarded “very the good quality and innovative work” in both boroughs, and perceives their success as evidence that Lambeth and Southwark have the “capacity, skill, and vision to work together and with the LSC effectively.”

A Learning Process

Lambeth Councillor Anthony Botrall emphasised how much there is to be learned from the inspection process, highlighting its immense role in building future strategies. The councillor reaffirmed Lambeth Council’s commitment to increasing provision for 14- 16 and 16 -19 year olds in education, and extended his thanks to all those involved for their assistance in working to achieve world-class schools.

Councillor Nicholas Stanton. Leader of Southwark Council praised the borough’s staff and pupils for their success and proclaimed his pride at the remarkable results gained. He promised continued support for the schools and colleges to ensure Southwark’s performance continues to improve.

Both councillors were extremely optimistic about the prospects of a continuing partnership between the two boroughs to strive for greater progress and excellence in education for students in both Lambeth and Southwark. FE News would like to extend our congratulations to those concerned, but most of all to the frontline staff and students whose hard work and dedication are being recognised, and will be evident in the future of the area.

Sara Hashash

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