The schools watchdog has identified 130 schools that have not been rated ‘good’ for over 10 years, despite investment and attention.
Although Ofsted’s 2016-17 annual report paints an improving picture of England’s schools – 90 per cent of primaries and 79 per cent of secondaries are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ – some continue to struggle.
In its report, the first since Amanda Spielman took over as chief inspector in January, the inspectorate highlights 80 primary schools and 50 secondary schools inspected this year have not been rated good at any point since 2005.
However, the real number may be higher, because, as Schools Week revealed in July, the data for more than 700 schools is missing from Ofsted statistics after their records were wiped when they converted to become academies.
Ofsted has proposed changes to the way it presents statistics, which will involve re-adding the past grades of turnaround academies, but those proposals are still out for consultation.
Spielman said the 130 schools highlighted in the report were in the same state because help targeted at the schools is not making a difference.
“What we’re seeing is that an enormous amount of help has been pointed at these schools in different ways but somehow it doesn’t seem to be hitting the spot, it’s not necessarily getting through and changing what happens in the workplace,” she said.
“We shouldn’t cheat any child out of the future they could and should be aiming for.”
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