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Ofsted: Most children want 'order in the classroom'

More must be done to curb poor discipline in schools, as the majority of pupils want "order in the classroom", the head of Ofsted told Good Morning Britain.

Sir Michael Wilshaw explained: "They don't want to odd individual - the Jack the lad and the Sally showoff if you like - to ruin their education."


Ofsted chief: Child's grades 'not about poverty'

Sir Michael Wilshaw suggested that if parents love their children they should support them in schools. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Poverty is being used as an excuse for failure by white working-class families, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw argued in an interview to The Times (£).

Sir Wilshaw was commenting on a government report into extending school hours for poorer children, where extended school hours would give children somewhere to do their homework.

He said: "It's not about income or poverty. Where families believe in education they do well. If they love their children they should support them in schools."

Ofsted chief agrees to meet 'Trojan Horse' parents

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has agreed to meet parents of pupils whose schools were involved in the Trojan Horse investigation in Birmingham.

Chief Inspector of Schools in England and Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

Sir Michael made the pledge after a meeting with local MPs to discuss concerns in the community about the regulator's recent reports, which saw several schools placed into special measures.

"He agreed to consider how best to meet a request from some MPs for him to address the concerns of some of their constituents, including the suggestion of meeting with a small representative group of parents."

The schools themselves claim that Ofsted ignored evidence that showed governors were actively trying to protect children from the risk of exposure to extremism.

Implication Gove blocked no-notice inspections 'wrong'

A source at the Department for Education has dismissed the Ofsted chief's claims. Credit: ITV News

A senior Department for Education source has dismissed Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw's "implication" that Michael Gove blocked the idea of no-notice schools inspections two years ago.


Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in schools

Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw said "a culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip" at some Birmingham schools.

Sir Michael said the schools regulator's findings at some of the 21 schools reviewed as part of its "Trojan Horse" investigation "are deeply worrying and in some ways quite shocking".

"We found evidence that some headteachers, including those with a proud record of raising standards, have been marginalised or forced out of their jobs," he said.

Ofsted inspectors also found evidence that governors were "exerting far more influence ... than is either appropriate or acceptable".

"A number of headteachers reported that there has been an organised campaign to target certain schools in Birmingham in order to impose a narrow faith-based ideology," Sir Michael added.

Ofsted: Poorer children getting 'an unsure start'

The head of Ofsted has called for nursery age children to take basic numeracy and literacy tests in a bid to close the burgeoning gap in education between privileged and poor youngsters.

Sir Michael Wilshaw will say poorer children are getting "an unsure start" and suggested the education system was letting them down.

Too many of our poorest children are getting an unsure start because the early years system is letting them down.

There are areas of the country, particularly London, where most children do well and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged is closing.

There is nothing inevitable about the link between poverty and failure. Indeed we have to ask ourselves why, if this is being done well in some places, it isn't being done everywhere else?

– Sir Michael Wilshaw

Ofsted boss condemns 'disruptive' teachers' strike

The head of schools regulator Ofsted has told ITV News the planned teachers' strike is disruptive and unwelcome.

Members of the National Union of Teachers, the UK's biggest teaching union, are set to stage a walkout in England and Wales tomorrow over an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.

ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:

Ofsted chief condemns teachers' strike action

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has condemned the teachers' strike set to take place in England and Wales tomorrow.

Sir Michael told ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall: "I don't like strikes, I'm sure parents don't like strikes, I'm sure students don't like strikes.

"Learning is disrupted and teachers know that when children leave a school temporarily for day or two days ... it's much more difficult to get back to the routine."

Asked if he condemned the strike action, the chief inspector of schools in England said: "Yes I do."

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