Has anything really changed in Ofsted judgement from 2017 to 2018?

It’s probably not a surprise that we’ve seen less outstanding schools since February. I’ve done some initial analysis on what’s changed between 2017 and 2018, and the percentage has definitely dropped.

Looking at 2017 (the calendar year), 4% of schools inspected were judged as outstanding.

Looking at 2018 (up to May), we see only 1% of schools being given the outstanding judgement.

The percentage of good schools actually increases from 2017 to 2018:

Calendar yearNumber of  inspections (all grades)GoodGood as % of totalOutstandingOutstanding as % of total
20174467340476%1824%
20181882162186%121%

Data source: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/download-data

Why do schools get stuck at ‘good’?

I ask this a lot and I get a lot of answers including: funding, recruitment, quality of teaching, and curriculum development.

I’ve walked into a lot of schools.

I think I know more outstanding heads than anyone else.

And what stands out is the difference in culture, which I believe is the qualitative shift in taking a school from good to great.

How do you create a high-performing culture? This newsletter covers the three leadership strategies we look at to create high-performing teams in school, and there are great free resources to help both you and your team.

I bet you’re doing all three strategies in your school. The difference is the quality to which you do them. Take a look.

You might be interested in our event, ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Good’, which takes place on Friday 8th February 2019. I’ll be going into more detail about each of the three leadership strategies to move you from good to great.

The average feedback score for the day is at 9.4/10 or more!

All the details are at: https://ukheadsup.com/events/breaking-glass-ceiling-good/.