Ofsted

We’ve been here before. Time and again this site has said there isn’t enough data to come to a firm conclusion about the performance of free schools... Read more
Baxter College, Kidderminster, opened in February 2017. That’s what the Department for Education database says. School Performance Tables also say it... Read more
Skegness Grammar School was judged to require improvement after inspectors visited the school during focussed inspections of academies in the David... Read more
It should be straightforward to find inspection reports. Type in a school’s name on Ofsted’s search page and the school’s record appears. But if the... Read more
In July 2014, Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, announced* that schools in Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) would receive £260,900 from the... Read more
Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for schools rated outstanding and discover ‘reasons for any unusually long gaps’, Minutes of the July... Read more
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Disappeared: the headteachers sacked and gagged by academy trusts School leaders who don’t show rapid improvement in results are being ruthlessly... Read more
Since becoming HMCI in January, Amanda Spielman has had a lot to say about the regrettable effects of the accountability system of which she is now a... Read more
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspectors, welcomes the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) Commission on ethical leadership in her... Read more
Teaching morale is low these days, what with cuts, workload, high stakes tests... And that’s without twitter drawing attention to self-promoting... Read more
Education Secretary Justine Greening gave a classic example of deflection yesterday . She avoided a question about the collapse of Wakefield City... Read more
‘ If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! You’ve got your bucket. ’ This is the instruction to pupils claiming to feel... Read more
The Education Central Multi Academy Trust (ECMAT), sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, has been censured by Ofsted following focussed... Read more
Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was... Read more
Roger’s latest piece is another closely-reasoned critique of the ‘culture of training’ which is taking hold in English schools. The piece is clearly... Read more
A joint investigation by FE Week and the Financial Times which culminated in a court case has successfully overturned a ban on publication of a... Read more
Mellissa Benn wrote powerfully about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 201 7: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a... Read more
A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment. A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test. According to... Read more