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Gap between Best and Worst Must Close, Says Chief Inspector

Magazine article Public Finance

Gap between Best and Worst Must Close, Says Chief Inspector

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The yawning gap between the best and worst performing schools is 'unacceptable', the new chief education inspector Christine Gilbert said this week, as she published Ofsted's annual report.

Although almost 60% of schools were rated as good or outstanding last year, too many - one in 12 - were judged to be inadequate, Gilbert said.

Problems were more acute In the secondary sector, where one in eight schools were not up to scratch.

Gilbert acknowledged that Ofsted's new inspection regime meant schools had to past a tougher test but said the results were still not good enough.

'The proportion of secondary schools judged to be inadequate remains the biggest challenge to the education system,' she said.

But John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the changes to the Inspection system was setting schools up for failure.

'Failure is built into the system and not enough recognition is being given to the rise in standards in recent years,' he said. …

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