Thousands of bright pupils let down, says Ofsted

The BBC is reporting that thousands of bright pupils, especially those from poor backgrounds, are still being denied the chance to fulfil their potential.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, said that despite the education watchdog’s efforts to stretch the brightest children, little progress has been made in England’s schools.

“Thousands of our most able secondary-age children are still not doing as well as they should be in the non-selective state sector where the vast majority of them are educated.”

He said that last year, 27% of previously high-attaining pupils had failed to even achieve the minimum expected progress – a grade B in both English and maths at GCSE. 

“These figures reflect the lack of ambition our inspectors still find in many secondary schools,” he said.

He continued: “What is most depressing is that the brightest children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the most likely not to achieve their full potential.”

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  1. tweeti230

    SchoolsImprove I totally agree with that. Some teachers I’ve worked with are lazy and don’t care but a very few teachers try their best.

  2. ipasho

    SchoolsImprove Ofstednews Thousands of pupils with great potential but different educational needs are also be let down by #Cameron

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Continually slating tchers/schls will not encourage improvement Michael, it’ll drive people away; basic mgmt skills lacking

  4. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove also scary that SMW still believes progress is fixed & doesn’t praise those who improved from KS2 to KS4!

  5. AndyGYorkshire

    Unfortunately there is a “gamble” of entering a student for the higher tier paper to get a grade B. We’ve done this before and got our fingers burnt – trying to be ambitious for the kids but they’ve ended up with a grade D. Oh Intermediate Paper where art thou.

  6. MissHayleyPsych

    SchoolsImprove Background is strongly associated with success. School ethos of high expectations helps but a solution runs deeper than ed.

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