Ofsted praises ‘unprecedented rate of national improvement’


Seventy-two per cent of all secondary schools in England are currently either “good” or “outstanding” according to Ofsted.

Seventy-two per cent of all secondary schools in England are currently either “good” or “outstanding” according to Ofsted.

At the other end of the scale for England’s 3,106 secondary schools, 24 per cent are currently judged as “requires improvement”, with five per cent judged “inadequate”.

Ofsted chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, this week hailed an “unprecedented rate of national improvement” across all types of schools.

Figures from the inspectorate show that 78 per cent of all schools, including PRUs, nurseries and special schools, are now considered either good or outstanding.

This is nine percentage point increase compared to a year ago, which represents the most rapid rate of improvement in Ofsted’s 21-year history.

The figures come 12 months after Ofsted’s new school inspection framework came into force, with the grade of “requires improvement” replacing “satisfactory” in September last year.

Speaking to headteachers in Manchester this week, Sir Michael said: “Thanks to the work of dedicated teachers and outstanding headteachers up and down the country, England’s school system is making some genuine and radical advances.

“Headteachers are using the ‘requires improvement’ judgement as a way of bringing about rapid improvement in their schools, especially in the quality of teaching. And the national improvement we are seeing is all the better for taking place under the terms of a more rigorous school inspection framework.”

Figures from the most recent inspections between April and June this year, show that of 448 secondaries visited, 14 per cent were graded as outstanding, 

50 per cent were good, 31 per cent requires improvement, and five per cent inadequate.

Meanwhile, 7,226 section 5 inspections were conducted across all types of school in the 2012/13 academic year up to June 2013. Of these, 39 per cent improved since their last inspection, 41 per cent remained the same and 18 per cent declined. This compares to the 2011/12 academic year, when 32 per cent of schools inspected improved.



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