Schools with disadvantaged intakes less likely to be rated ‘outstanding’

The TES is reporting that schools with more disadvantaged intakes are less likely to be awarded Ofsted’s top rating, new research shows, as a charity finds that pupils in areas of low social mobility make far less progress than their peers nationally

The Education Policy Institute found that secondary schools with the lowest number of pupils eligible for free schools meals are over three times as likely to be rated “outstanding” as schools with the highest numbers receiving free meals.

At the other end of the scale, fifteen per cent of secondary schools with the highest numbers of pupils on free school meals are rated inadequate, compared to only one per cent of schools with the fewest pupils eligible for free meals. 

The trend is also apparent for primary schools. For those with the highest numbers of pupils on free school meals just 11 per cent are rated outstanding, whereas for those with the lowest proportion on free meals, 25 per cent have this rating.

If schools were rated using value added only, 22 per cent of primary schools with the highest number of pupils on free school meals would be rated outstanding, compared with just 11 per cent now.

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I feel that whilst these findings are quite obvious, I had not anticipated the gap to be quite so large. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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  1. VEverettmfl

    LeadingLearner spsmith45 Because you think the teaching is at fault, or because the judgement is skewed? Big difference!

  2. Ash_Evolve

    SchoolsImprove this imbalance is being addressed Evolve_Impact with XLR8camps #Transition #Literacy #Numeracy #PersonalDevelopment

  3. That’s why it’s more difficult to attract heads and teachers to schools with a large number of disadvantaged pupils – the very schools that desperately need them.  It could be career suicide.

  4. CherylSalmon

    Definitely a statement of the obvious. Heads in this sort of school have so much more to deal with which distract from raising standards and they don’t get parents paying for private tuition etc.

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