Ofsted director predicts two years max for Island school improvements

We ask Ofsted director the all important question, How long will it take to get currently-failing Island schools up to at least a ‘Good’ Ofsted standard?


As readers may be aware, Ofsted are spending this week at County Hall, in a ‘first of its kind’, inspection of the local authority. You may’ve heard the OnTheWight podcast interview with Ofsted’s Regional Director for the South East, Matthew Coffey, on Tuesday which gave more detail about the reason for the inspection.

How long for improvements?
In the discussion we had with Matthew we asked the burning questions for parents and grandparents with children on the Island – How many years will it take to get currently-failing Island schools up to at least a ‘Good’ Ofsted standard?

It’s well worth listening to the full detail Matthew gives to this question in the recording below.

The headline was, he said,

“Two years is the maximum that we expect a school to bring around the changes that we need.”

He provided detail too,

“Because of our close monitoring, we often see a school coming out of Special Measures and reported as ‘Good’ in a shorter space of time … and with the new focus that we’re placing on this framework for inspection – by being very clear about what the local authority needs to do to strengthen its support – we very much hope that we can bring around a more rapid progress.”

Listen to the full interview

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8 Comments on "Ofsted director predicts two years max for Island school improvements"

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iain mckie
In the 1950s Michael Young wrote ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’. In it he visualized a world where each sector was evaluated by an elite made up of experts from that field. So far so good. However, as the system perpetuates, the experts are simply the ones who have been through the system and its orthodoxies, and judge the system accordingly. In short, the system is evaluated… Read more »
vanessa churchman
What a brilliant comment by iain m. and I agree with him. The one thing that being a Councillor taught me is that there are many ways at looking at ‘anything’. Why is it we have consultations about anything and everything but never about education? It is always left to the so-called experts which then gives rise to the situation where employers find it difficult to employ… Read more »
“Suppose you’re poor, young and white: where in the UK don’t you want to be? That’s a subjective question. But from an economic point of view, one might want to consider such criteria as the proportion of young people who don’t get decent GCSEs and the number who are out of work. By those yardsticks, the answers are reasonably clear. Nationally, just under 60 per cent of… Read more »
Adi w

more spin

Steve Beygon
I’m not really sure what Iain and Vanessa are saying here. Are they saying that OFSTED have got it all wrong and the IOW school’s are in fact performing well ? OFSTED are there to carry out inspections across the country, and as they find some schools good and other woeful is it not reasonable to assume that the ones they find woeful really are worse than… Read more »
iain mckie

No Steve, I am saying that OFSTED are rubbish, and that we should stop their funding, and giving any credence to their findings.


And let schools wallow in their inadequacy, casting further generations of youngsters on to the rubbish heap of life?

Getting rid of Ofsted does one thing, it allows overpaid incompetent public employees to hide their failings from parents and the wider public.

Ofsted works.

L R Traite
It may well be that Ofsted are not what is desirable. The fact remains that for the foreseeable future they judge schools in England and Wales. There are no commitments from any political party to change this system. Ms Churchman is right when she says that discipline and basic education are the building blocks for any careers and frankly our children lack both. Employers call the tune.… Read more »