Ofsted deep inspection plan for ‘stuck schools’

Ofsted is seeking government funding in order to inspect more deeply the 415 schools it considers to be stuck in a cycle of low performance. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Ofsted wants to undertake deeper inspection of so-called “stuck schools” in England in a bid to help them improve. Stuck schools are those trapped in a cycle of low performance and are often found in deprived or isolated areas.

A new report from Ofsted identifies 415 such schools and says that they struggle with a combination of issues including poor parental motivation, geographic isolation, problems recruiting and retaining teachers, and unstable pupil populations with constantly changing rolls.

None of the 415 have been rated good or better since September 2006 and they have all had at least four inspections during that time; 181 are secondary schools, 189 are primary, 37 are junior, and the remainder are alternative provision or special schools. The three areas with the highest proportion of stuck schools are Derby, Southend and Darlington.

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