Tables turned as teachers rate Ofsted inadequate

Fewer than one in ten teachers think Ofsted has raised standards at their school, polling for The Times has found.

The vast majority said they would rate the regulator as “inadequate” or “requires improvement” and that they had no confidence in the current inspection system.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, said recently that schools overwhelmingly found Ofsted inspections to be fair and constructive, and dismissed suggestions that the pressure of scrutiny was driving headteachers from the profession.

Read more in The Times

Hereford school hits back after Ofsted leaves inadequate grade

A HEREFORD secondary school has hit back after Ofsted said it was inadequate and inspectors had concerns over safeguarding and the number of suspensions and exclusions.

Ofsted left Whitecross Hereford with an overall grade of inadequate, two lower than the previous rating of good in 2013, because of ineffective safeguarding and the fact the number of pupils being excluded and suspended was high and not falling.

The school, with 949 students aged between 11 and 16, was praised though for its curriculum, quality of learning and personal development.

But headteacher Tim Knapp said the school was “shocked and saddened” by the outcome of its Ofsted inspection in February.

He said the report, published this week, has left “everyone in out school devastated by an outcome that does not reflect the hard work of students and staff and the support of our parents and governors”.

Read more in the Hereford Times

Academy schools get lower Ofsted ratings, research suggests

Fewer than half of academy schools improved their Ofsted rating from ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ over four years.

Schools that do not convert to become academies are more likely to achieve higher ratings from Ofsted, research suggests.

Findings from the Local Government Association (LGA) showed that 92% of local authority (LA) schools had been rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted since January 31, compared with 85% of academy schools graded since they converted.

Read more in the Independent here

Good attendance: listen, understand, empathise and support

A new report by Ofsted looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges they face.

A new report by Ofsted finds that schools that improve pupil attendance from a low baseline, maintain high levels of attendance and minimise persistent absence adopt similar strategies that can best be summarised as ‘listen, understand, empathise and support – but do not tolerate’.

The report, ‘Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence’, published today, looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges they face. It finds that schools that have typically tackled absence well in the past are continuing to do so now. Leaders are showing the same persistence and conveying the same high expectations. And they continue to think about what action, if any, they need to take to remove barriers to pupils’ attendance.

Read more here.

Ofsted swoops after brawl in school canteen on TikTok

School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents

Ofsted has conducted an emergency inspection of England’s biggest free school after a video showing a brawl between five students in the canteen was circulated on social media.

Northampton International Academy (NIA) received an unannounced visit on Monday that focused on behaviour and safeguarding. 

It followed complaints from many parents and was later upgraded to a full, graded section 5 inspection led by a team that included four HMI.

The visit poses serious questions for Ofsted, which rated NIA’s safeguarding as “effective” in June, despite finding “serious failings” the year before.

Read more in Schools Week.

Ofsted: ‘Outstanding’ primaries ‘more likely’ to be downgraded

The majority of ‘outstanding’ primary schools inspected in the autumn 2021 term were downgraded, analysis shows.

Primary schools previously graded as “outstanding” were “more likely” to be downgraded than secondaries under the new Ofsted inspection regime, an analysis of reports published by Ofsted this week shows.

The reports, which were analysed by FFT Education Datalab, show that 84 per cent of the 68 previously “outstanding” primary schools inspected in the autumn 2021 term were downgraded.

Read more in the TES magazine

Nearly half of ‘outstanding’ schools downgraded by Ofsted this term

Many of the schools previously judged as outstanding had not been inspected for more than a decade

Nearly half of “outstanding” schools – which were previously exempt from inspections – have been downgraded by Ofsted this term, figures show.

The watchdog is inspecting schools previously judged as outstanding which are no longer exempt from visits following concerns that hundreds of schools given the top rating have not been inspected for years.

The Ofsted data shows that, during the three months up to the end of November, 47% of schools previously judged as outstanding have been stripped of their top rating following inspections this term.

Read more in the Independent.

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”.

Read more in tes