Monday, 29 June 2009

I know that we should constantly be raising the bar and searching for even better outcomes in better schools but I wonder if the new OFSTED Framework is the answer...

Christine Gilbert, HMCI, has said that things are going to be tougher from September. Schools with 'poor raw data' and where progress is not good or better and there is 'little evidence' of improvement will automatically be placed in a category. From September to get an 'outstanding' judgement from our friends at OFSTED attainment must be at least 'above average'.

It seems bizarre that except in the most exceptional circumstances schools where attainment is low will not be able to get a good inspection outcome. There are exceptional schools here in Leeds where attainment is low but perhaps I am missing something!

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