Commenting on a speech by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, which hailed the 'unprecedented rate of national improvement' in school performance across England, Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) said: “The increase in the number of schools ranked good or outstanding by Ofsted is positive news and shows the fine work going on across the country.
“Heads and teachers want their schools to be good and will do everything they can to achieve a real improvement in learning. Increasingly, schools are coming together to support each other to meet the challenges. NAHT’s Aspire project, which is working with 30 schools in England, is one such initiative helping schools move from requires improvement to good; there are many more.
“Schools don’t become good or outstanding overnight – securing and maintaining these ratings takes time and a sustained effort that has been going on for many years. The reality is there will be many more schools that have reached the standard for good which won’t have had this formally recognised by an inspection. We hope that schools will now be allowed to continue their improvements without excessive interference or damaging rhetoric.”
Page Published: 09/09/2013