Subjects other than English and Maths barely feature in Ofsted reports

Tes reports that subjects other than maths and English are barely mentioned in the key findings of Ofsted inspection reports, a Tes analysis has found. Individual subjects such  as historygeography and languages feature in only one in 20 Ofsted reports.

Tes looked at the number of times that individual subjects were mentioned in the key findings section of all existing Ofsted reports, using information available on the Watchsted database.


This revealed that, at secondary level, maths was mentioned in 57 per cent of reports, and English in 56 per cent.

Science also appeared relatively frequently: it was referenced in 21 per cent of reports, although fewer than 1 per cent of reports mentioned biology, chemistry or physics individually. But languages appeared in only 6 per cent of reports. History, geography and music were all in fewer than 5 per cent of reports. Sport was mentioned in 8 per cent of reports.


At primary level, very few other subjects other than English and maths merited more than a handful of mentions among the key findings of Ofsted reports.

References to science appeared in only 4 per cent of reports, and languages and RE in only 3 per cent. History and geography appeared even less frequently.

Mr Geoff Barton general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that the findings had big implications for social justice: “A government that talks about social justice is presiding over precisely the range of subjects that you might see in independent schools being squeezed out of state school. But those are precisely the children who need it the most.”

An Ofsted spokesperson said that Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, has made it very clear that schools should be offering pupils a broad range of subjects. 

Read the full analysis Subjects other than English and Maths barely feature in Ofsted reports

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