Second inspection for schools near 'failure': Patten alarmed at small number new system has not passed
John Patten, Secretary of State for Education, said that some could be listed for another full inspection within a short time. He is said to be alarmed by the small number of schools that have been failed by the system so far.
Mr Patten told headteachers late last year that he planned to appoint Education Associations to take over a number of failing schools by the middle of this year. Of 390 secondary schools inspected during the 1993 autumn term, just one, the Northicote School, Wolverhampton, has been identified as being in need of special improvement. One other, Stratford School in Newham, east London, is also thought to have failed but its report has not been published yet.
Between 40 and 50 schools causing concern were scheduled for inspection during the first year of the programme. Two primary and one special school - still being inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools (HMI) - have also been failed. Mr Patten said yesterday that government inspectors would visit 'near-miss' schools, and that they would be free to take further action if they felt it to be necessary.
'I have been concerned that some schools, whilst not judged to be 'failing', are nevertheless found by inspectors to have serious problems. If HMI have particular concerns about any school, they may include it in their inspection programme at an early date,' he said.
Professor Stewart Sutherland, chief inspector of schools, has launched a national survey of exam results, focusing on schools where fewer than 10 per cent of pupils gain five or more A-C grades at GCSE.
An analysis of the first batch of inspection reports revealed that schools in danger of failing their pupils were not necessarily those with poor exam results.
Under the 1993 Education Act, a school has 40 days to prepare an action plan in response to an inspector's report. If it has been identified as failing, then Mr Patten must decide within another two weeks whether to appoint an Education Association, possibly made up of former head teachers and advisers, to run the school.
Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, welcomed the examination results survey but said it should be designed to help teachers in schools.
He said that further inspections of weak schools would only be useful if they were aimed at helping them to improve. 'The identification of near-miss schools must be supportive. It must not be about castigation but about helping to improve and develop,' he said.
Better schools, page 31
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Kim Jong-un 'purge': Six North Korea officials missing for weeks 'may have been executed'
Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?
Nathan Cirillo: Final pictures emerge of soldier moments before he was shot dead by Ottowa gunman
Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
£300 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: SSRS Report Developer – 3 Mon...
£95 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Key Stage 1 teacher require...
£32000 - £39000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Ashdown Group: Generalist HR Man...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...