Schools Showing Signs of Improvement: Ofsted


According to Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, nearly half of the schools that were inspected last term showed improvement in their ratings. In the quarter between October and Decemebr last year, 977 schools out of nearly 2000 that were checked showed signs of improvement. By the end of the year, the percentage of schools that were bracketed as very good or excellent rose to 74%. Sir Michael Wilshaw dubbed these results as very promising. It was doing away with the rating labeled satisfactory and sweeping changes in the inspection regime of Ofsted that brought about such a marked improvement in the performance of the schools.

In place of satisfactory, a new rating of Requires Improvement has been put under place since last September. The schools that receive this rating are given a specific time period to show improvement or be ready to be converted into an academy. In a sharp contrast are schools receiving the rating of outstanding as these schools need not be inspected on regular time intervals. This means that inspections are required only for schools that are found wanting in quality education.

Michael Wilshaw conceded that some of the improvement in schools’ rating may be because of the sample taken for inspection but there is no doubt that changes in the regime of Ofsted have brought in drastic changes in quality of education. He however warns that this may not be a permanent change in schools’ ratings and there might be some decrease in the next few inspections.

There were 2012 schools funded by the state that were inspected in the last quarter of 2012. Out of these, 9% were labeled as outstanding, 55% were categorized as good, 31% were marked as requiring improvement and just 6% were given a rating of inadequate.