Ofsted doesn’t trust its own behaviour findings

Ofsted’s national director of education has said he doesn’t trust the inspectorate’s own past findings about behaviour. Tes reports.

Sean Harford, speaking at the CurriculumEd conference in Lichfield yesterday said: “Personally I don’t believe that 90 per cent of schools in the country have good or better behaviour across the school.”

The report says: “Over the past six years, ‘official’ reports on behaviour in schools (Ofsted reports, and the government commissioned 2009 Steer Report on behaviour in schools) have presented a very positive picture of classroom climate and pupil behaviour, with Ofsted consistently reporting that behaviour was satisfactory or better in over 90% of schools… a figure rising to 99.7% in 2012.”

But it goes on to suggest that the figures “seriously underestimate the extent to which deficits in classroom climate and poor pupil behaviour are a problem in English schools”.

Mr Harford today admitted there were “some real issues with how you get underneath [behaviour] and how you inspect it”.

“For example talking individually to supervisory staff at lunchtime and breaktimes, talking to newly qualified teachers separately and trainees separately.

“These are the people who are often getting the brunt of poor behaviour. So I don’t think we’ve got [behaviour] right, we need to raise that profile.”

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