‘Sharp decline’ in standards at private faith schools, Ofsted finds

The Telegraph reports that an analysis by the schools inspectorate said that a “higher proportion” of faith schools are failing to meet the standards for leadership and management, as well as teaching children “fundamental British values”.

The latest figures show that 49 per cent of private faith schools inspected by Ofsted were judged as being below good, of which a quarter (26 per cent) were given the lowest possible rating of inadequate.

The schools watchdog said there had been a sharp decline in standards for all smaller, fee-paying schools, but added that this was particularly apparent in faith schools.

Ofsted noted that there is “a lot of variation” within different faith groups, adding that the number of faith schools they inspect has increased in recent years.

It said it now inspects Christian and Muslim schools which were previously inspected by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) which shut down in 2015.

Ofsted took over inspecting dozens more faith schools, after the former chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw said that the BSI was failing to identify “warning signs of extremism and radicalisation in school settings”.

Ofsted said that of the 39 former BSI schools it has inspected in the past two years, 28 have been judged either inadequate or requires improvement. “The inspection of these schools has caused a far larger fall in the proportion judged good or better than would otherwise have been expected,” the report said.

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