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Schools: Standards

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many and what proportion of schools where the proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is (a) less than 10 per cent., (b) 10 per cent. to 20 per cent. and (c) over 20 per cent. Ofsted has evaluated teaching as (i) inadequate, (ii) satisfactory, (iii) good and (iv) outstanding in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (254868)

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 Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 10 February 2009:

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

Since the introduction of the current school inspection framework (commonly known as section 5) in September 2005, Ofsted has evaluated teaching as part of the judgement 'How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of learners’ needs?'

Table A shows that, of 7,862 school inspections carried out by Ofsted in 2007/08, 3,704 were of schools with less than 10% of pupils eligible for free school meals, 1,737 were of schools with between 10% and 20% of pupils eligible for free school meals, and the remaining 2,421 were of schools with greater than 20% of pupils eligible for free school meals. The table includes the inspection outcomes for each of these groups.

Table A: The effectiveness of teaching and learning in meeting the full range of learners’ needs for schools inspected in 2007/08

How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of learners’ needs

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals

Number of inspections of schools

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Less than 10%

3,704

602

16

2,159

58

904

24

39

1

Greater than or equal to 10% but less than or equal to 20%

1,737

171

10

840

48

668

38

58

3

Greater than 20%

2,421

213

9

1,080

45

1,009

42

119

5

All schools

7,862

986

13

4,079

52

2,581

33

216

3

Data on proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals are taken from the DCSF's 2008 Annual Schools' Census and are calculated as the percentage of compulsory school age pupils in the school. There are schools for which Annual Schools' Census 2008 data are available, but the free school meals eligibility field is blank. It has been assumed that they had 0% of pupils eligible for free school meals.

Please note that in 2007/08 one school was inspected twice and has been counted twice in this analysis. Four schools inspected in 2007/08 have been excluded from this analysis: two of these only have provision for pupils aged 16 to 18, and there was no Annual Schools' Census 2008 data available for the remaining two.

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