Is there a glass ceiling of good at your school?

In the 2016/17 inspections:

If you were an Outstanding school you were most likely to move to Good.

If you were a Good school you were most likely to remain as Good.

If you were a Requires Improvement school you were most likely to become Good.

If you were an Inadequate school you were most likely to become Requires Improvement.

It’s great that there’s a strong upward trend.

And it’s great that so many schools become Good

But this also shows how hard it is to be better than Good.

I looked at inspection reports from 2 years (2015/16 and 2017/18) to see what the two year trend is for schools and what I found was:

74% of previously good schools remain as good

20% get worse!

I know the inspection framework has got harder…but 6% did move from Good to Outstanding.

What’s your school’s pattern?

Take a moment to look at the last 5-10 years of your school’s inspections and write down the year and Ofsted judgement received:

What does this say to you? Is your school struggling to go beyond good?

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