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Secondary Education: Standards

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools (a) have been placed in special measures, (b) have been issued notices to improve and (c) have had at least 30 per cent. of students achieving five good GCSEs including English and mathematics in 2007; and if he will make a statement. (211673)

In 2007, Ofsted placed 29 secondary schools in special measures. A further 64 were judged to require significant improvement and were given a notice to improve. The following table shows the number of schools placed in an Ofsted category and the number of schools within a category that had at least 30 per cent. of pupils achieving five good GCSEs or equivalent including GCSEs in English and maths:

Schools placed in Ofsted inadequate categories from 1 January to 31 December 2007

Ofsted category

Number of secondary schools placed in an Ofsted category during 20071

Number of these schools in which 30 per cent. or more of 15-year-old pupils achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent

Special measures

29

10

Significant improvement (Notice to Improve)

64

30

1 The figures in the table do not include the 12 middle deemed secondary schools that were placed into these categories as they have no pupils at Key Stage 4. Two schools that closed in August 2007 are also not included as their results were not published.

Although some schools placed in an Ofsted category achieve above 30 per cent., a number of these schools may be “coasting”, where reasonable numbers of pupils achieve five or more good GCSEs including English and maths, but progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 is unimpressive, or be in danger of falling below the floor target.

These are factors that Ofsted will take into account when assessing school performance. Ofsted are currently consulting on new inspection arrangements which include a proposal that schools that are coasting, have inconsistent performance or are slipping will be identified quickly and inspected more frequently.

In 2007, 2,407 maintained secondary schools had 30 per cent. or more of 15-year-old pupils achieving at least five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and maths.