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'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:27 am
'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools alarms Ofsted

England is a divided nation educationally, with children in the north and Midlands much less likely to attend a good or outstanding secondary school than their peers in the south, according to the chief inspector of schools.

Launching Ofsted’s annual report on the state of the nation’s schools on Tuesday, Sir Michael Wilshaw will describe the divide as “deeply troubling”. More than 400,000 pupils in northern England and the Midlands are being taught in a secondary school that falls below Ofsted’s “good” rating ... ols-ofsted

Re: 'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:34 am
Feeder schools: Social class still drives school league tables
Students in more affluent areas of Dublin are four times more likely to go to college ... ews_digest

Re: 'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:42 pm
'My town has schools for the rich and schools for the poor.'

That's about right frances and tends to be the rule rather than the exception. According to a major international report from the OECD, 'Education at a Glance', the UK has the most socially segregated education system in the western world.Disadvantaged children in the UK are concentrated together in schools and it is this concentration of poverty that is doing untold damage.

Research by the Century Foundation indicates that a school that serves a middle class population is 24 times more likely to be in the top quarter of schools than a school that serves a disadvantaged population.

Re: 'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:37 pm
Geographical inequality in education has grown over 30 years, study finds

For children born in 2000, where they live is a more powerful predictor of academic success than it was for those born in 1970, report claims ... tudy-finds

Re: 'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:47 am
by volunteer
Can we trust that ofsted judgements are consistent right across the country though for sweeping conclusions from adding the data together like this to be made? Are all the companies that carry out ofsted inspections working nation-wide or are there companies which predominantly inspect in the south, and others that predominantly inspect in the north.

Have seen a very "surface" inspection of a primary school in the rich south-east take place recently, I am really not convinced by any of this. Also, where an outstanding has been gained it takes years to lose it as you're not visited for such a long time. So a lot of the data on which these summary statistics are based is old. One of my children attends a super-selective grammar school, outstanding in the south-east. The results look fabulous. In several subjects her books are rarely marked and where they are it's just a tick at the bottom of the page to show it was flicked past - never mind it is error-ridden. This is the land of tutoring and a higher proportion of parents with time to make up for the shortfalls of schools.

And clearly if you have a selective system (like Kent and Bucks) you're hopefully going to have at least a quarter of your secondary schools getting good results because of the initial selection .... and I am still not convinced that OFSTED teams are skilled in working out where "coasting" is taking place.

There's no accounting for taste though. Try this academy in Sevenoaks - Knole Academy. I would say it is a very prosperous town in the south-east. It has recently been judged inadequate - now that seemed a sensible judgement but quite why it has taken so long I do not know - take a look at the DfE performance tables for KS4 2015 and the proportions of children making satisfactory progress in maths and English in the different bands of intake (can't remember the wording but something like high achieving (level 5 and above at KS2), average (level 4 at KS2) and low achieving (level 3 and below at KS2) and look at the FSM and special needs indicators. It's awful that a school in this kind of place can succeed in doing so badly on these measures. But the parents are supposedly stunned by the judgement and are campaigning about it and the headteacher is appealing against it according to the local press.