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Special Measures - what factors decide it?

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by Susiesthoughts, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Hi

    Quick question - I have been told that a school now automatically goes into special measures if its GCSE results go below 40% inc English and Maths. Is this true? I can find no evidence of this online... Most of the schools I have worked in before have been below this percentage and haven't been in special measures!
  2. Hi, if the performance data for key subjects such as Eng/Maths is down and the trend is also downwards then, depending on how bad the data looks, the school may be placed into a "category of concern". These categories are "Special Measures" and "Serious Weaknesses" and to really simplify things you can say that if a school is placed into SM then Ofsted views the Leadership & Management as inadequate and incapable of turning the school around. If the school is placed into SW then usually Ofsted views the Leadership & Management and Governance as being capable of improving the school and ensuring the pupils are provided with a better standard of education going forward.

    Hope this helps.
  3. This is not true - there's a school down the road from us who got 37% last year, and received a 'Good' Ofsted. In comparison, we got 44% and were put in SM - as the poster above says it's to do with trends - our results were down 12% year on year, and every category was rated 'Inadequate'. Data is only one (albeit quite important) factor.

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