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.
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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