Ofsted issues annual verdict on school progress

Ofsted issues annual verdict on school progress

From lagging schools, to off-rolling and from curriculum change to providing for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – there was much to digest from Ofsted’s annual report published this month. While 86% of schools were judged to be at least...

Ofsted fleshes out new proposals for curriculum inspection

How the curriculum is shaped, implemented and its impact on learners is to be a core focus of the new inspection framework due to begin in September 2019. ‘Curriculum thinking has been deprioritised in the system for too long, including by Ofsted’, said Chief...

State pupils at ‘unfair disadvantage’ with GCSEs

Reformed GCSEs are more difficult than the international GCSEs (iGCSEs) taken in many independent schools, said the Labour Party. It has demanded an enquiry into the robustness of iGCSEs, which it believes are putting private school pupils at an unfair advantage over...

Pupil behaviour ‘driving teachers out of profession’

Two out of three teachers have considered quitting the profession because of bad behaviour in their school. Three-quarters said they regularly had to deal with disruptive behaviour.   The survey by the Policy Exchange thinktank also found that more than half of...

Academy chains ‘failing disadvantaged’

Academy chains are failing to improve the attainment of the most disadvantaged pupils, according to new research.   A report out this month from the Sutton Trust has revealed that two-thirds of academy chains are performing below average for pupils from poorer...