47% of ‘outstanding’ schools inspected this term lose status

Ofsted’s new inspection data shows nearly half of top schools downgraded, but says that schools fared better this term than pre-pandemic under curriculum-focused framework

Almost half of the previously “outstanding”-rated schools inspected by Ofsted this term have lost their top rating after an exemption on them being checked was lifted.

The watchdog inspected 99 “outstanding” schools between the start of this academic year and the end of November, resulting in 47 per cent losing their top rating.

New data published by Ofsted today shows that 36 per cent of those schools have seen their ratings drop to “good”, 9 per cent have been given a “requires improvement” judgement and 2 per cent were rated “inadequate”.

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