The challenges of low prior attainment

Inspection updates
Of the many issues to be raised by Ofsted’s annual report, the on-going battle against off-rolling and the challenges of low prior attainment caught the eye of Chris Parr

When Ofsted’s annual report, covering 2018/19, was published last month (Ofsted, 2020), it was greeted with a glut of national headlines.

These covered everything from the use of off-rolling to game league tables, the fact that 86 per cent of schools are now judged good or outstanding, and claims that institutions are forcing pupils to take “easier” qualifications in order to boost exam results.

The report offers Ofsted the chance to set its priorities for the coming year and, in her speech marking its publication, chief executive Amanda Spielman was particularly keen to focus on off-rolling – an issue SecEd has reported on for some time (SecEd, 2019).

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