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Ofsted Chief Inspector announces measures to tackle local area under-performance

17 Jan 2013

Teams of Ofsted inspectors have today begun the first in a wave of focused school inspections across local authority areas, where thousands of children are being denied the standard of education they deserve.

The exercise now underway in Derby marks the start of a concerted programme of action by the inspectorate to establish why children in some parts of the country have a much lower chance of attending a good or better school than their peers in other similar areas.

The planned measures, being announced today by HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, in a keynote speech to the North of England Education Conference, include:

  • A series of targeted school inspections within a condensed one-week period in areas where the proportion of children attending a good or better school is currently well below the national average for England
  • A new framework for Ofsted to inspect the school improvement service being provided by under-performing local authorities
  • A good practice survey, now underway, to share and showcase some of the best examples of local authority support and challenge for schools across the country.

These measures follow the publication of Ofstedā€™s Annual Report at the end of November, which found marked and unacceptable variations in school performance between local authority areas with similar demographics and levels of deprivation.

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