Ofsted Annual Report - Children’s Services and Skills

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The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2008/09

This annual report includes the following key findings in relation to quality and standards in maintained schools:

  • 69% of school inspected in 2008/ 2009 were rated as good or outstanding
  • the majority of schools inspected twice under arrangements introduced in 2005/2006 had improved
  • nearly half the schools that were satisfactory when previously inspected remain no better than satisfactory at their latest inspection
  • 4% of all maintained schools are judged to be inadequate which is slightly down on the year before.
  • Leadership and management is a key factor in improving school effectiveness
  • Nursery schools and special schools remain the most likely type of school to receive a good or outstanding
  • The generally high quality of provision is being sustained by maintained schools following the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Schools with high proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals are more likely to be inadequate. Of 81 primary schools placed in special measures this year 27 are amongst the most deprived schools and only three are among the least deprived
  • The number of schools in categories of concern has reduced from 471 in 2007/ 08 to 360 this year
  • The quality of school’s self-evaluation continues to improve with now 76% of schools inspected being classed as good or outstanding

Other items of interest include:

  • Pupils’ achievement is good or outstanding in over two thirds of schools inspected – slightly higher than previously
  • Pupils of White British heritage from deprived homes are particularly at risk of under achievement
  • Pupils’ personal development and well-being are good or outstanding in 91% of all schools (increased from 88% in 2007/ 2008)
  • 91% of schools inspected were good or outstanding in working with external partners
  • 68% of primary schools and 72% of secondary schools gained either good or outstanding against the community cohesion judgement
  • pupil behaviour is no better than satisfactory in about one in five secondary schools
  • teaching and learning are good or outstanding in 69% of primary schools inspected and increase of 5% from the previous year
  • survey inspections suggest that teachers’ weakest areas of knowledge include maths, ICT and science
  • the curriculum is good or outstanding in almost three quarters of primary schools
  • the low take up of modern foreign languages beyond the age of 14 remains a concern
  • almost all schools inspected are fully aware of current government requirements in relation to safeguarding and implement all proper procedures
  • 12 schools that were otherwise satisfactory did not meet safeguarding requirements and were given a notice to improve
  • There has been an increase in the number of warning notices that LAs have been issuing to schools