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Will Ofsted downgrade us for our English Baccalaureate result?

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by richyjohnson, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. We currently score just 12% in the English Bacc scores.
    If we are inspected this year will this affect the grade which Ofsted would give us?
  2. MarkS

    MarkS New commenter

    I don't know if this picture will post OK - it is a graph showing the e-bacc results across England:Mark
  3. It would't affect the grade if you're inspected to the current framework because the guidance on inspecting attainment (see this link http://bit.ly/dwteAG)does not list the E Bacc as a performance measure. However, it's always possible that new guidance might be disseminated as a result of the ebacc announcement but frankly I doubt it. They'll wait until the new framework is out.The big problem is that secondary schools have been winding down MFL for years and this is proving to be a big deal in boosting E Bacc results. Relax and start building up your languages!
  4. Will Ofsted downgrade a school for a low EBacc result?
    It is a very good question.

    The EBacc is a political initiative that has had little support from the education community. It is a very narrow view of a package of subjects that might be given an over-arching award. To judge the value of something like this one would have to prove that this collection of subjects led a student towards some sort of worthwhile career. While it includes Latin and Hebrew, rather than Engineering and ICT, one must have grave doubts.

    It is in fact little more than one Education Minister's myopic view of the values of his own education, and all the signs are that if the Baccalaureate concept is to remain (and there is much to commend the concept) then the categories of subject which constitute it will need to broaden.

    The EBacc was also a response to schools switching academic subjects for subjects that were easier to achieve high grades in. This is actually the fault of QCDA/Ofqual for not maintaining an equivalence of value across qualifications. There is a case for ensuring that the development of intellectual capabilities is kept in balance with more practical skills, but it is about the balance appropriate to each pupil rather than a rigid formula.

    As for Ofsted, there is nothing in the Evaluation Schedule about it at the moment, but Ofsted is being reviewed and there would at least need to be some guidance for inspectors soon about inspecting the EBacc. The problem is that the inspection criteria each stand on their own as being entirely sensible and justifiable as descriptors of best practice in educational provision. The EBacc doesn't fall into this category because it cannot be justified in terms of good educational process and certainly has no case in relation to increasing future employment chances.

    So if a school is coming out as Outstanding on every category but has low EBacc scores then I doubt whether this will affect the substantial judgement. There may be a good case to be made in terms of limiting opportunity however if, for example, a school offers no second language provision.


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