Ofsted tells us which schools are outstanding, good, satisfactory or less than satisfactory. But it measures only certain things, albeit crucial ones about teaching, learning and leadership. League tables rank schools, based on exam or SAT results, which doesn’t tell the reader much apart from what the school’s test results are (though the reader informed about the local area or demographics generally may draw out a bit more). Neither an Ofsted report nor a league table reveal what a child’s experience is at any given school, nor how likely they might be to emerge at 16 or 18 as a well-rounded individual prepared for citizenship and work, and able to make the most of adult life.
So what does make a good school?
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