Hull council leaders ‘too slow’ on school improvements

The BBC is reporting that Ofsted has said city leaders in Hull have been “too slow” to recognise their responsibility when it comes to improving school standards

Ofsted said the “pace of improvement has not been fast enough, particularly in secondary education”.

It added secondary school students “languished in the bottom 10% of all local authorities nationally.”

Hull City Council said it welcomed the report and its findings.

Ofsted, whose inspectors visited the city in December, acknowledged the city’s primary schools were “improving rapidly” in reading, writing and mathematics, and were now rated “above average.”

The report went on: “However, the proportion of Year 11 pupils gaining five good GCSEs including English and mathematics remains stubbornly low.

“Over a third of secondary-aged pupils attend schools or academies that are not yet good.”

Inspectors called on the council to work more effectively with partners to improve standards…

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  1. There are just thirteen secondary schools in Kingston on Hull which had results in 2015 (one is a Further Ed college – that reduces the number to 12).   Four of the  twelve were judged Outstanding, four are Good, three require improvement, one is Inadequate.   A free school, which hasn’t yet entered pupils for exams, is Outstanding.  
    It appears, then, the whole LA is damned because four secondary schools are less than good.
    That said, judged on results alone, two of the three secondary schools at the bottom of the results league are sponsored academies.  One is an AET academy (Inadequate), the other, Archbishop Sentamu,  is sponsored by the dioces3 (Good).    The third, Endeavour High School, a community school opened in 2001 in brand new premises, has now closed.  It was considered too toxic to find a sponsor and has been winding down for a few years.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-26613635

    This raises several questions:
    1  How far can one judge school performance on such a small sample?
    2  How far can LAs be held responsible for the performance of academies over which they have no influence?
    3  Should schools be judged merely on results?  If so, Archbishop Sentamu’s Good rating will be ignored and can expect to be regarded not just as ‘coasting’ but as ‘failing’.  It will then, probably at considerable cost, be required to find another sponsor.
    School performance data for Hull’s secondary schools 2015 is here:
    http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/group.pl?qtype=LA&superview=sec&view=aat&set=1&tab=149&no=810&sort=ks4_15.ac5em15_ptq_ee&ord=desc

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Has anyone told Ofsted that only approx 60% of any cohort can achieve a “good” GCSE? Just wondering…

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