Don’t use disadvantaged pupils as excuse for badly-run schools

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Disadvantaged pupils should not be used as an excuse for chronically under-achieving schools, the head of Ofsted has warned, as it was revealed that more than 130 have consistently under-performed for a decade. Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog’s chief inspector, … Continue reading

Trojan Horse plot: Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw given guards

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Former Ofsted boss feared for his safety during ‘Islamist plot’ inquiry The former chief inspector of schools had to be protected by two bodyguards after being “threatened and intimidated” during his investigation into the influence of Islamists on Birmingham schools. … Continue reading

Wath Comprehensive School placed in special measures

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A SECONDARY school will convert to an academy after being placed in special measures by Government inspectors due to its “unacceptable standard of education and poor leadership”. Wath Comprehensive has been rated inadequate by Ofsted after a two-day inspection in … Continue reading

Rotherham children’s services improvements noted by Ofsted

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OFSTED has praised improvements in the borough’s children’s services — two years after branding them inadequate. Inspectors noted the “positive organisational culture” Rotherham Borough Council had built in the past two years. The report said: “The council is making continuous … Continue reading