Tuesday, 1 December 2015

North South Divide


Depressingly Ofsted are still reporting a north south divide in the chances of students attending a 'good' school. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector, notes sixteen local authorities where over 40% of students do not attend a school rated as good or better.  This, possibly inevitably will result in them failing to achieve as good grades as they may be capable of.

Having said that, I know of several schools where staff and students do extremely well, they are outstanding schools in many ways - but student progress does not keep up, often because of lack of aspiration and role models in their social life as opposed to the work that teachers are doing.  In these cases it is simply not fair to simply blame the school. It is so much more complex than that.

To read the Sky News story, click here.

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