‘Councils beat academy trusts at boosting failing schools’

Councils are best when it comes to boosting the inspection grades of inadequate schools, analysis of official figures suggests.  The BBC reports.

Researchers looked at how much schools rated inadequate by Ofsted in 2013 had improved by the end of 2017.

Those schools that had remained council maintained were more likely to be good or outstanding than those that had become sponsored academies.

The government says academy status helps schools raise standards. But the Local Government Association, said the research, which it commissioned, “clearly demonstrates the excellent track records councils have in turning round failing schools”.

Researchers from Angel Solutions, better known for producing the inspection analysis website Watchsted, looked at the inspection histories of 429 council maintained schools that had failed their Ofsted inspections in 2013.

Of these, they found 152 had stayed with their local authority and 212 had become sponsored academies. Most of the remaining 65 either closed or were taken over by other schools.

By December 2017:

  • All 152 of the local authority schools had been re-inspected and 115 (75%) were rated good or outstanding
  • Of the 212 sponsored academies, 155 had been re-inspected, of these just 92 (59.4%) were rated good or outstanding

In a paper published on Thursday, local authorities argue that they should have a role in improving all schools found to be inadequate, whether maintained or academy schools.

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