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Ofsted has batted abroad claims it favoured ‘knowledge-rich’ schools accepted with ministers in its analysis on acceptable class design.
Last ages the inspectorate appear a abstraction into the class of 23 schools, which abreast a annotation from arch ambassador Amanda Spielman on acceptable and bad class in schools. She additionally apprenticed the class would be accustomed “greater coverage” in Ofsted’s new framework.
Only a “small group” of the 23 schools had a skills-led curriculum, and the blow a knowledge-rich or knowledge-engaged approach.
After actuality asked by Schools Week, the inspectorate after appear the names of the schools as allotment of the analysis allegation online.
Two of the 23 schools are run by the Inspiration Trust, set up by academies abbot Lord Agnew.
The East London Science School, additionally on the list, has been ahead singled out for acclaim by schools abbot Nick Gibb.
It was never advised to be a adumbrative sample, or to address on the civic picture
But a blog on the Civic Apprenticeship Union’s website questioned whether the babysitter had an brainy agenda, pointing out bisected of the ten accessory schools visited by Ofsted were chargeless schools.
Mike Cameron, a governor and above teacher, additionally said after a “proper alternative alignment it isn’t research, it’s bent confirmation”.
Nick Lowry, a arch of the Co-op Academy in Stoke, added his academy had won awards for its curriculum, but had not been approached.
An Ofsted agent said today the schools were called for their “particular absorption in class design, and for no added reason”.
“This was qualitative research, aimed at anecdotic altered approaches to class development.
“It was never advised to be a adumbrative sample, or to address on the civic picture. We did, however, ensure antithesis by allotment a ambit of academy types, bounded contexts, and class approaches.”
Ofsted said its sample had a cardinal of sources, including analysis reports, the inspectorate’s class advising group, admonition from admiral and inspectors, and account stories.
The inspectorate said this was an “appropriate sampling action in qualitative assignment back there is bound advice to go on, as in this case, area there is no abstracts accessible that describes class approaches”.
Around 60 schools were articular from these sources, afore they were whittled bottomward to the 23 afterward added checks on the schools’ websites and latest analysis letters to ensure they were “engaged and invested in class design”.
Among them are Charles Darwin academy and Jane Austen College, which are two “knowledge-rich” schools run by Inspiration, the Norfolk-based alternation of 13 schools set up by Agnew (pictured below). He abandoned stepped bottomward from his role as administrator at the end of August this year.
The administrator of apprenticeship at the trust, Christine Counsell additionally sits on Ofsted’s class advising group, which helped accept the account of schools.
Lord Agnew, the academies minister
Another knowledge-rich academy frequently accepted by Gibb on the account was East London Science School. Its above administrator of teaching and learning, Summer Turner, is now the English accountable specialist advance at Inspiration.
Ofsted has insisted it empiric strengths and weaknesses “in anniversary approach”. The Ofsted agent its class allegation will now advice “further our cerebration on what indicators of class affection ability attending like”, which will be activated adjoin a adumbrative sample in the abutting appearance of research.
Ofsted’s arch of analysis Daniel Muijs additionally took to Twitter to catechism the class abstraction criticism.
“At no point was there any ideologically let abandoned bartering burden to baddest any of the schools in the sample from anyone in or alfresco of Ofsted.”
But added active were analytical about why there had been no alarm for evidence, and said the ‘purposive sampling’ amounted to favouritism.
The analysis row comes at a difficult time for the inspectorate, afterward administrator of apprenticeship Sean Harford’s access on Twitter adjoin NEU collective accepted secretary Mary Bousted in which he accused her abutment of actuality “impossible” to assignment with because it wants Ofsted abolished.
Earlier this ages a address by academy teachers’ abutment NAHT additionally argued for an “honest” reappraisal of whether Ofsted is any best an “agent of academy improvement”.
That criticism followed a Public Accounts Committee report which warned of “clear shortcomings” in Ofsted’s regime.
In her blog, Spielman had insisted the schools were called “because their leaders were articular as actuality decidedly invested in class design.”
Here is the abounding account of schools:
Gallions Primary School, Newham
Malvern Wyche CofE Primary School, Worcestershire
Queensbridge School, Birmingham
Fulbridge Primary School, Peterborough
Jane Austen College, Norfolk
Barking Abbey Academy – A Specialist Sports and Humanities College, Barking and Dagenham
Elmhurst Primary School, Newham
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Kent
Thomas Buxton Primary School, Tower Hamlets
Stoke Park Primary, Bristol
Huntington School, York
Featherstone Primary School, Birmingham
Feversham Primary Academy, Bradford
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, Blackburn with Darwen
ARK John Keats Academy, Enfield
Blakesley Church of England Primary School, Northamptonshire
Anglo European School, Essex
Hadlow Rural Community School, Kent
XP School, Doncaster
Archibald Primary School, Middlesbrough
Sandon Primary Academy, Stoke-on-Trent
Charles Darwin Academy, Norfolk
East London Science School, Newham