Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of English schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.
The government body, which is responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK, has recently revealed changes to its inspection strategy moving forward to 2022. These include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.
With an increase in parent involvement, Ofsted reports have become more relevant than ever when deciding which school is the best option for your child.
Theknowledgeacademy.com has considered official Ofsted reports, released at the end of September, to determine which regions in England have the most highly rated schools, and where parents are happiest with the schools their children go to.
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Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ in England - representing just over 1 in 10 schools.
The results also show that the Ofsted region with the most unsatisfactory schools was the North East, Yorkshire and Humber. In this area, 3,254 schools were inspected and 456 institutions were considered inadequate or requiring improvement. This figure represents 14% of the total, and was the highest percentage in England.
The worst area for schooling in the North East was Bradford, where 24% of schools inspected didn’t meet Ofsted expectations. On the other hand, York and South Tyneside both housed the most ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ schools in the area, where 95% of schools received this judgement from Ofsted in August 2017.
The region with the fewest inadequate schools, or schools needing improvement, was London. In the capital, as of August 2017, there were 2,469 schools inspected, and 7% of these were negatively reviewed (or 166 schools). The borough with the ‘worst’ schools is Havering, where 16% of schools are described as ‘requiring improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. Boasting the best schools in the capital was the borough of Haringey, where 99% of schools are positively judged by Ofsted.
Ofsted survey reveals that 13% of parents do not believe their child's school is well managed
This announcement coincides with an Ofsted survey, in which parents were asked several questions about their child’s schooling.
The responses showed that the most concerns parents had were about receiving valuable information from the school about a child’s progress (15% felt that they did not). Communication between parent and school continued to be an issue, as 14% of parents did not feel that the school responded well when they raised a concern. Furthermore, 14% of parents felt the homework their children received was not appropriate for their age, and 13% did not feel that their child’s school was well managed.
Full parent survey responses for England can be found below:
- My child has appropriate homework for their age - Agree: 83% Disagree: 14%
- The school makes sure the pupils are well behaved - Agree 86% Disagree: 11%
- This school deals with bullying effectively - Agree 67% Disagree: 12%
- The school is well-lead and well-managed - Agree: 83% Disagree: 13%
- The school responds well to any concerns I raise - Agree: 80% Disagree: 14%
- My child is happy at school - Agree: 92% Disagree: 7%
- My child feels safe at school - Agree: 93% Disagree: 6%
- My child makes good progress at school - Agree 88% Disagree 10%
- My child is well looked after at school - Agree: 91% Disagree: 8%
- My child is taught well at school - Agree 88% Disagree: 9%
- I receive valuable information about my child’s progress - Agree: 84% Disagree: 15%
- Would you recommend this school to another parent? - Yes: 87% No:13%
The biggest schooling concern for each region was as follows:
- East Midlands: Not receiving valuable information about their child’s progress
- East of England: Schools not responding well to concerns raised
- London: Schools not making sure that pupils are well-behaved
- North East, Yorkshire and Humber: Schools not responding well to concerns raised
- North West: Schools not being well led or well managed
- South East: Children not receiving appropriate homework for their age
- South West: Not receiving valuable information about their child’s progress
- West Midlands: Not receiving valuable information about their child’s progress
With such importance placed on communication between parents and schools, Ofsted’s new strategy to make parents and guardians heard, is timely. However, some concerns have been raised about the new plan.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “We cannot have high quality education if teachers are being driven into the ground through excessive workload and the unreasonable expectations of an out-of-control accountability system in which Ofsted plays a leading role.
"Until Ofsted can convince the education profession that its inspections are reliable and consistent, leaders, teachers and TAs will continue to regard it as part of the problem, not the solution.”