Osfted’s latest annual inspection figures show that almost 40% of schools have improved since their last inspection and fewer pupils are in schools that require improvement.
Ofsted Chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has recognised that schools in England are improving at an ‘unprecedented rate’, saying that 78% are now graded as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, compared with 70% last year.
The results from 7,000 inspections show that 39% of schools have improved, up from 32% previously, the BBC reports. Sir Michael said that the figures demonstrate that “England’s school system is making some genuine and radical advances”.
Inspections are now focusing on schools that need to improve, and the number of children attending schools in the ‘requires improvement’ category has dropped by 6,000, from two million previously.
ASCL’s Brian Lightman said the improvements reflected the achievements of school staff: “Improvement is brought about by teachers and school and college leaders looking self-critically at everything they do, constantly working to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and recruiting, training and rewarding the best staff. These inspection grades are a reflection of those efforts.”
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