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Eight in nine of Bournemouth and Poole’s schools are good or outstanding

Eight out of nine schools in Bournemouth and Poole are outstanding or good, new figures from Ofsted have shown.

The figures show as of October 2018, 10 schools out of about 40 schools in Bournemouth area were outstanding while 25 schools were good. Five of the schools required improvement and there was none rated inadequate by the report.

Recent inspections show of the 43 secondary schools in Poole, 11 are outstanding while 27 are good. Five of the schools required improvement and there was no rated inadequate by the report.

Ofset is a school’s regulator that inspects new schools within three years of being funded.  Schools held to be outstanding are exempt from follow-up inspections unless if specific concerns are raised.

A spokesman said: “Some schools have now gone for 10 years or more without being inspected, leaving us with a blind spot about the quality of education they offer.

“We have been clear that we would like this exemption to be removed, and have asked the Department for Education to look at the policy again.

“We focus our resources where they can have the greatest impact, so schools with lower grades are inspected more frequently.”

According to Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, here was “a link between the level of school disadvantage and the outcome of Ofsted inspections”.

“Naming and shaming schools and labelling them through negative Ofsted judgements is entirely the wrong approach,” he said.

A DfE spokesman said: “There are 1.9 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared to 2010. This represents 86 per cent of children, compared to just 66 per cent in 2010.

“The number of schools that are rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement has decreased since 2010, going down from 32 per cent in 2010 to 14 per cent in March of this year.”

 

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