Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Heat Is on for School Sixth Forms

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Heat Is on for School Sixth Forms

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Ofsted will grade the quality of their teaching from September

School sixth forms will receive a separate inspection grade for their quality of teaching from September, Ofsted has confirmed.

The inspectorate said it was important for young people -and their parents -to have a clear understanding of how well a school's sixth form was doing, so that they could make informed choices about where to continue their education after the age of 16. It added that the inspection grades could influence the judgement of a school's overall effectiveness.

The news was welcomed by the Sixth Form Colleges' Association and the Association of Colleges, which both campaigned for the change. James Kewin, deputy chief executive of the SFCA, said: "We believe this will help learners to make informed judgements about where to study. …

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