Ofsted Chief Inspector repeats call for outstanding school exemption to be lifted as more schools lose top Ofsted grade

Only 16% of outstanding primary and secondary schools inspected this academic year retained their top Ofsted rating, according to official statistics published today. GOV.UK reports.

This academic year, Ofsted has substantially increased the number of exempt outstanding schools it inspects. This is partly due to concerns about some schools having been exempt for so long that parents can no longer have confidence in their outstanding grade.

Between 1 September 2018 and 31 March 2019, Ofsted inspected 305 outstanding primary and secondary schools. This represents 8% of all exempt schools and is more than double the number inspected during the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

However, only 49 of 305 (16%) exempt schools inspected so far this academic year have remained outstanding, compared to 49 of 150 (33%) such schools inspected between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.

Among those schools that lost the top rating, 166 were judged to be good (54%), while 76 were found to require improvement (25%) and 14 were rated inadequate (5%).

In keeping with the trend reported in each of the previous 2 years, more primary than secondary schools lost their outstanding grade. Only 31 of 239 of exempt primary schools remained outstanding this year (13%), while 18 out of 66 secondary schools kept the top grade (27%).

Commenting on today’s figures, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman said: “We believe most schools judged outstanding are still doing outstanding work. But for the outstanding grade to be properly meaningful and a genuine beacon of excellence, the exemption should be lifted and Ofsted resourced to routinely inspect these schools.”

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