Category: Other UK News


Children Left in ‘Harmful Situations’ in Slough – Ofsted

Pre-school UK kids

2 years after its report criticised the way the council looked after them, Ofsted has said vulnerable children in Slough are still in harm’s way.

The watchdog rated children’s services inadequate for a third time but improvements had been made.

Last October the government removed children’s services from council control and gave them to an independent trust to improve things around.

The department was inspected by Ofsted in November, 7 weeks after it took over the running of children’s services from the council.

Ofsted said adoption services were too reliant on agency staff and required improvement.

Inspectors added: “In some cases, agencies have delayed referring children, leaving them in potentially harmful situations for too long.”

Nicola Clemo,  Slough Children’s Services Trust chief executive, said: “There is still much work to do and we cannot expect all changes to happen overnight.  We welcome Ofsted’s findings and recommendations for Slough.”

Slough was the second children’s services department in England to be moved out of council control following a critical Ofsted report in 2014.


News source: BBC News.


England Beats India In Final Test

On the final test match of the summer series between England and India at the Oval.

The day started with England building a substantial lead over India, Joe Root completing his century, and ending one short of 150 when England’s innings ended. It seems that India’s bowling and fielding were poor, which allowed England to build a formidable score.

India begin their second innings lose two quick wickets and rain pours down. Everyone getting very wet, very quickly. After the rain delay, the India team are beaten by quality bowling and their own ineptitude. So, in the afternoon we watched India being skittled out for 94 runs. Result, England win the test series by three games to one. An enjoyable day of cricket.