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Schools: Standards

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what results each local authority in England achieved against the criteria included in the National Challenge in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what percentage of children met the criteria in each such year; what percentage of children were entitled to free school meals in each local education authority (LEA) in each such year, ranked from highest to lowest; what rank each authority achieved in each of the criteria included in the National Challenge; and for each local education authority what its rank order number was against the (a) National Challenge and (b) free school meals criterion. (273188)

The current National Challenge set to each maintained mainstream schools is for more than 30 per cent. of their Key Stage 4 cohort to achieve five or more GCSEs at A*-C or the equivalent including the subjects of English and mathematics.

This indicator is available only for 2006 and onwards although data for free school meals eligibility are available for the requested years.

The available data have been placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools which achieved a rating of good or outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection received a rating of satisfactory or inadequate for behaviour. (274586)

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 of both Houses.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, 13 May 2009:

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

The 'inadequate' inspection outcome was introduced in September 2005 as part of a four-point scale: outstanding, good, satisfactory, inadequate. Therefore, only schools which have been inspected under the current inspection framework have been included in this analysis.

Since the introduction of the current framework, no schools have been judged to have outstanding or good overall effectiveness and inadequate behaviour. One school was judged to have outstanding overall effectiveness and satisfactory behaviour at its most recent inspection, while 185 schools were judged to have good overall effectiveness and satisfactory behaviour at their most recent inspection.

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