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Teaching Methods

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1868W, on teaching methods, what proportion of (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) science and (d) all lessons (excluding PE lessons) inspected by Ofsted were recorded as setted and banded in each year since 2002-03. (137060)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 22 May 2007:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for reply.

You asked what proportion of (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) science and (d) all lessons (excluding PE lessons) inspected by Ofsted were recorded as setted and banded in each year since 2002-03.

The proportions shown in the tables overleaf are broken down by year groups 7 to 11, for academic years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

The proportion of English, Maths, Science and All lessons (excluding PE) inspected by Ofsted that were recorded as setted and banded in each year since 2002-03

English

Maths

2002/03

Total lessons

% Banded

% Setted

Total lessons

% Banded

% Setted

Year 7

1,619

5

38

1,306

3

74

Year 8

1,215

6

51

1,099

3

85

Year 9

1,589

7

51

1,401

2

90

Year 10

1,301

6

57

1,245

1

90

Year 11

1,494

6

59

1,422

1

90

Total 7-11

7,218

6

51

6,473

2

86

ScienceAll (excluding PE)

Total lessons

% Banded

% Setted

Total lessons

% Banded

% Setted

Year 7

1,121

4

40

10,406

5

29

Year 8

1,013

6

62

9,482

6

41

Year 9

1,345

5

74

12,259

6

45

Year 10

1,359

4

80

11,064

3

40

Year 11

1,528

3

83

12,060

3

42

Total 7-11

6,366

4

70

55,271

4

40

The proportion of English, Maths, Science and All lessons (excluding PE) inspected by Ofsted that were recorded as setted and banded in each year since 2002-03

English

Maths

2003/04

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

1,668

9

18

11

1,519

17

30

26

Year 8

1,359

11

20

18

1,325

23

32

30

Year 9

1,776

14

20

21

1,650

23

30

36

Year 10

1,363

13

23

21

1,389

27

30

35

Year 11

1,675

15

21

23

1,634

24

27

41

Total 7-11

7,841

13

20

19

7,517

23

30

34

ScienceAll (excluding PE)

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

1,269

9

14

15

12,371

7

11

10

Year 8

1,121

20

22

24

11,136

10

15

14

Year 9

1,584

20

23

34

14,747

11

15

18

Year 10

1,509

21

27

31

12,874

9

13

14

Year 11

1,799

21

27

34

14,756

9

13

17

Total 7-11

7,282

18

23

29

65,884

9

13

15

EnglishMaths

2004/05

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

1,284

8

19

9

1,065

19

27

26

Year 8

1,038

12

20

18

986

23

31

34

Year 9

1,360

13

19

21

1,293

25

29

38

Year 10

1,032

13

22

25

1,102

25

30

36

Year 11

1,312

14

20

25

1,253

24

28

38

Total 7-11

6,026

12

20

19

5,699

23

29

34

ScienceAll (excluding PE)

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

904

9

13

14

9,351

6

10

9

Year 8

794

19

22

25

8,320

10

14

15

Year 9

1,187

20

23

35

11,572

11

15

18

Year 10

1,145

21

28

32

10,125

8

12

14

Year 11

1,362

19

29

34

11,877

9

12

15

Total 7-11

5,392

18

24

29

51,245

9

13

14

EnglishMaths

2005/06

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

700

8

15

13

604

17

25

23

Year 8

617

11

20

21

590

19

25

29

Year 9

776

14

21

20

638

25

24

30

Year 10

780

15

22

26

659

22

27

30

Year 11

617

19

19

24

571

23

23

31

Total 7-11

3,490

13

20

21

3,062

21

25

29

ScienceAll (excluding PE)

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Total lessons

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Average ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Lower ability range within the school

Class Setted or streamed by ability where pupils are within the Upper ability range within the school

Year 7

488

9

14

15

3,794

8

13

12

Year 8

414

15

19

21

3,679

11

15

16

Year 9

571

18

21

29

4,304

13

17

19

Year 10

626

20

25

29

4,387

11

16

18

Year 11

550

18

24

30

3,528

13

15

18

Total 7-11

2,649

16

21

26

19,692

11

15

17