An official statistics release from the DfE and Ofsted on 22 March reveals provisional data for inspections completed between 1 September and 31 December 2016, and revised data for inspections completed last academic year, between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.
Between 1 September and 31 December, there were 927 section 5 inspections conducted. This figure includes 254 short inspections that were converted to full section 5 inspections.
Headline news is that a slightly lower proportion of schools have been judged good and outstanding this year in comparison to last year. 6% of schools were judged to be outstanding in autumn 2016 compared to 8% in 2015/16; and 64% of schools were judged to be good compared to 65% the previous year.
Schools previously judged as requiring improvement
The proportion of schools previously judged to require improvement that improved their grade has decreased from 71% last year to 61% this autumn. Within this, secondary schools (39% improving their grading to good) were less likely to improve than primary schools (66% improving their grading to good, 1% to outstanding), and schools with a higher proportion of pupils from deprived areas (49% improving to good) were less likely to improve than schools with less deprived pupils (71% improving to good).
The above is compounded when the profile of the schools inspected is considered. Schools inspected this year were a stronger group than those inspected the previous year: 63% were judged as good or outstanding at their previous inspection, compared to 46% of those inspected in the 2015/16 academic year.
Schools previously judged as inadequate
There have been 27 inspections of schools previously judged as inadequate to date this academic year. Of these, 22 resulted in the school improving: six to good and 16 to requires improvement. The remaining five schools were judged to be inadequate.
Short inspections of good or outstanding schools
There have been 808 short inspections so far this academic year, more than double the 344 conducted in the autumn term 2015/16, following a slow start at the beginning of the Common Inspection Framework in September 2015.
Overall, a lower proportion of short inspections converted to a full inspection; however a greater proportion of schools then declined to a lower judgement at full inspection. The net result being a small increase in the proportion of schools declining overall: 19% of good or outstanding schools declined, compared to 17% last year.
Secondary schools saw a greater decline than primaries: 75% of inspections that converted led to a decline in the overall effectiveness grade; compared with 60% of primaries. The result being that 31% of secondary schools declined, compared to 19% of primaries.
Most recent overall effectiveness grades of schools
This new inspection data affects the overall effectiveness grades of all schools as follows:
- All schools: 21% outstanding; 68% good; 9% RI, 2% inadequate
- Nursery: 61% outstanding; 40% good
- Primary: 19% outstanding; 72% good; 8% RI; 1% inadequate
- Secondary: 23% outstanding; 56% good; 16% RI; 5% inadequate
- Pupil referral unit: 18% outstanding; 70% good; 9% RI; 3% inadequate
However, the above outcomes vary significantly between English regions. London has by far the highest proportion of outstanding secondary (37%) and primary (26%) schools.
The highest proportion of primary schools judged as requires improvement is found in Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands and the West Midlands (10%). Yorkshire and the Humber also has the highest proportion of inadequate primary schools, 2%. The North East has the highest proportion of secondary schools judged as requires improvement (25%) and as inadequate (9%).
Support from One Education
With decreases in funding through lower proportions of children eligible for the pupil premium grant (in part possibly attributed to the introduction of universal free school meals and changes to the thresholds), and the new funding formula consultation, many schools are finding that they are having to stretch budgets impossibly far.
One Education has a wealth of experience working with schools to review pupil premium spending to help schools ensure that their PPG is spent effectively and has maximum impact on pupil outcomes.
Authored by Fay Gingell.