• Secondary moderns have dramatically improved their Ofsted grades

    More secondary moderns have moved from the lowest Ofsted ratings to good, leading some headteachers to say inspectors are recognising the impact of selection on their school data. Thirty times more secondary moderns were rated requires improvement or inadequate than grammar schools in 2013, a gap that has now narrowed to just ten times as

    5.00 May. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Ian Widdows, founder, National Association of Secondary Moderns

    For a man who almost named his organisation the Society for the Prevention of Attacks on Secondary Moderns just to be able to abbreviate it to SPASM, Ian Widdows’ views on grammar schools should surely be straightforward. He is against them, right? Secondary moderns are the poor neighbours who take in the 11-plus failures, OK?

    5.00 May. 9th, 2017 | Profiles

  • Ofsted inspectors receive no training on secondary moderns

    Ofsted inspectors have received no training on secondary modern schools, despite them operating in some of the toughest conditions in the country. Laurence Reilly, a headteacher who is also an Ofsted inspector, said HMIs had not been trained to recognise a “secondary modern” as a non-selective school sitting within a selective area. His comments at

    5.00 May. 6th, 2017 | News