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Failing schools must not use disadvantaged pupils as an excuse, says Ofsted

Disadvantaged pupils should not be used as an excuse for failing schools, the head of Ofsted has warned.

Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog's chief inspector, criticised a culture of "disadvantage one-upmanship" as she unveiled her first annual report.

It shows that 135 schools in England have not recorded a "good" inspection in the past 12 years. Six of these were recorded as being closed

This is despite receiving "considerable attention and investment," the report said.

But other schools facing similar challenges have been able to achieve success, showing improvement is possible, it added.

135
schools in England have not recorded a good inspection in the past 12 years

Speaking at the launch of the report, Ms Spielman said: "There is no doubt that the leadership challenge facing some schools is great.

"But progress is possible and we should all be wary of using the make-up of a school community as an excuse for under-performance.

"I do find myself frustrated with the culture of 'disadvantage one-upmanship' that has emerged in some places."

Ms Speilman also said "we should be very unhappy" at the secondary schools that have failed to record a "good" Ofsted inspection since 2005.

"A child's time in a typical secondary school is five years, that means we're on to a third generation of children through these schools who've never experienced being in a good school."

"We shouldn't be happy with that, we should be very unhappy indeed," she added.

The report also revealed:

  • More than 500 primary schools and around 200 secondaries have been judged as requiring improvement or being satisfactory at their last two inspections
  • Of those inspected this year, around 80 primary and 50 secondary schools were found not to have been rated good or outstanding at any point since 2005.

Education and care 'better than ever' overall, report found

The education watchdog said overall schools standards are improving. Credit: PA

But overall, education and care provided to young people is "better than ever", with around 90% of primary schools and 79% of secondaries rated good or outstanding, the report said.

The quality of early years providers has also improved, with 94% judged to be good or outstanding compared with 74% in 2012.

Around 90% of primary schools are rated good or outstanding. Credit: PA

Unstable leadership, high staff turnover and struggles to recruit teachers were noted as shared characteristics between under-achieving schools, while many have high proportions of pupils from deprived areas.

On the issue of tackling inequalities faced by disadvantaged pupils, Education Secretary Justine Greening said what is needed is "equality of opportunity".

"It's a long-term entrenched challenge that we face but we'll only fix it by working differently."

The Education Secretary said 'entrenched' challenges need to be addressed. Credit: PA

"We've got a record amount of money going into our education system the challenge is more how we have the right strategy to lift up those communities and those young people who have been left behind by rising standards over recent years," Ms Greening said.

She added: "We should all now work together to see what's it going to take to change those young people's outcome."

The Government's social mobility policies have been accused of failing. Credit: PA

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said it was "not enough" for the Government to focus on geographical areas regarded as having fallen behind in terms of social mobility.

She told the BBC's Today programme: "Some of our most vulnerable children ... have been failed by this Government's policies."

"Just dealing with the opportunity areas is not enough. Ofsted is quite clear that it is not about areas in particular, it's schools that are still not able to raise their standards and raise their game."

She added that schools were struggling with policies, which had created problems with teachers' pay and recruitment while driving up their workload.

School standards minister Nick Gibb said: "The report recognises the widespread good practice and continual improvement across the system but we know there is more to do to tackle consistent under-performance.

He added: "Having excellent teachers in our most challenging schools is also key to school improvement, which is why we're investing £75 million in teachers' professional development and announced a further £42 million for training in the Budget."

Here is a list of the 135 schools that have failed to record a "good" Ofsted inspection since 2005:

  • Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Langley Mill Junior School, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Tupton Hall School, Community School, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Whittington Green School, Community School, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Linton Primary School, Foundation School, Primary, East Midlands
  • St Paul's Community Primary and Nursery School, Spalding, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Alfred Street Junior School, Rushden, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Hillocks Primary and Nursery School, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • Howitt Primary Community School, Community School, Primary, East Midlands
  • The Gainsborough Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Kettering Science Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Weston Favell Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Lodge Park Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Exeter - A Learning Community Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East Midlands
  • St Mary's CofE Primary Academy, Burton Latimer, Academy Converter, Primary, East Midlands
  • Olympic Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East Midlands
  • Kingswood Secondary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • Wrenn School, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East Midlands
  • The Ripley Academy, Academy Converter, Secondary, East Midlands
  • The Grove Primary School, Academy Converter, Primary, East Midlands
  • The Cavendish School, Foundation School, Secondary, East of England
  • Diss Church Junior School, Voluntary Controlled School, Primary, East of England
  • King's Lynn Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, East of England
  • Coleridge Community College, Academy Converter, Secondary, East of England
  • Ernulf Academy, Academy Converter, Secondary, East of England
  • Cliff Park Junior School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East of England
  • Potter Street Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East of England
  • Gusford Community Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East of England
  • Southminster Church of England (Controlled) Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, East of England
  • The Norman Church of England Primary School, Northwold, Academy Converter, Primary, East of England
  • Prendergast Ladywell School, Foundation School, Secondary, London
  • Sanders School, Foundation School, Secondary, London
  • The Royal Docks Community School, Foundation School, Secondary, London
  • The Brittons Academy Trust, Academy Converter, Secondary, London
  • Bower Park Academy, Academy Converter, Secondary, London
  • The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, Community School, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Stirling Primary School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • West Melton Junior and Infant School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Westfield School, Foundation School, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • St Joseph's RC Primary School, Todmorden, Voluntary Aided School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Sowerby Bridge High School, Community School, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Healey Junior Infant and Nursery School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Pudsey Tyersal Primary School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Boldon School, Community School, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • South Elmsall Carlton Junior and Infant School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Sheffield Springs Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Knowleswood Primary School, Community School, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • St Hild's Church of England Voluntary Aided School, Voluntary Aided School, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Dixons Allerton Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • South Leeds Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Leeds East Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • The Co-operative Academy of Leeds, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Pheasant Bank Academy, Academy Converter, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Armthorpe Academy, Academy Converter, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Cottingley Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Merlin Top Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Mount Pellon Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Castleford Park Junior Academy, Academy Converter, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • St Helen's CE Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Winifred Holtby Academy, Academy Converter, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • The Blyth Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Balby Carr Community Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Norton Primary Academy, Academy Converter, Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Moston Fields Primary School, Community School, Primary, North West
  • Newman Catholic School, Voluntary Aided School, Secondary, North West
  • St Antony's RC Primary School, Voluntary Aided School, Primary, North West
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lancaster, Voluntary Aided School, Primary, North West
  • Heysham High School Sports College, Community School, Secondary, North West
  • Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Voluntary Aided School, Secondary, North West
  • New Charter Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • Fulwood Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • University of Chester CE Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • The Sutton Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • Lowton Church of England High School, Foundation School, Secondary, North West
  • University Academy Warrington, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • Kirkby High School, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, North West
  • Smithills School, Academy Converter, Secondary, North West
  • Peel Common Junior School, Community School, Primary, South East
  • Fernhill Primary School, Community School, Primary, South East
  • Newtown Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Voluntary Controlled School, Primary, South East
  • All Saints Church of England Primary School, Freshwater, Voluntary Controlled School, Primary, South East
  • St Matthew's CofE Primary School, Voluntary Aided School, Primary, South East
  • Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South East
  • The Aylesbury Vale Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South East
  • Tree Tops Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South East
  • High Weald Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South East
  • The Robert Napier School, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South East
  • Battle Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South East
  • Milton Court Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South East
  • Kingfisher Community Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South East
  • St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Margate, Academy Converter, Primary, South East
  • Bream Church of England Primary School, Voluntary Controlled School, Primary, South West
  • Picklenash Junior School, Foundation School, Primary, South West
  • All Saints Church of England Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South West
  • The Taunton Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, South West
  • Henbury Court Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South West
  • The Kingfisher School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South West
  • Oasis Academy Longmeadow, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South West
  • Manor Court Community Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, South West
  • St Mary and St John Junior and Infant School, Voluntary Aided School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Wallbrook Primary School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • St Alban's Church of England Primary School, Voluntary Controlled School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Broadlands Primary School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • St Martin's Primary School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Cheswardine Primary and Nursery School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Bird's Bush Primary School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Kingsway Community Primary School, Community School, Primary, West Midlands
  • Staffordshire University Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, West Midlands
  • Willenhall E-ACT Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Secondary, West Midlands
  • Chilwell Croft Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • Four Dwellings Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • Hawkesley Church Primary Academy, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • Yarnfield Primary School, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy & Nursery, Academy Converter, Primary, West Midlands
  • Grange Primary, Academy Sponsor Led, Primary, West Midlands
  • Albert Bradbeer Primary Academy, Academy Converter, Primary, West Midlands

Six schools are listed as having closed during 2016/17:

  • Somerlea Park Junior School, Community School, Primary, EastMidlands
  • Cavendish Close Junior School, Community School, Primary,East Midlands
  • Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery School, CommunitySchool, Primary, East of England
  • New Earswick Primary School, Voluntary Aided School,Primary, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Featherby Junior School, Community School, Primary, SouthEast
  • South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy, Academy SponsorLed, Secondary, West Midlands