YORKSHIRE is set to have fewer outstanding schools and more being placed into special measures as a result of the latest shake up of the Ofsted inspection regime.
The education watchdog is making it more difficult to receive the top rating from inspectors and is also abolishing its “satisfactory” category in an attempt to crackdown on mediocre and coasting schools.
Both measures could have a major impact on schools in Yorkshire.
Schools can currently receive one of four grades in inspection reports: outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate, and these are based on overall performance across four indicators. A school can be judged to have good teaching but still be graded as outstanding overall if it achieves top ratings in other areas such as pupil performance, leadership and management and its capacity to improve.
There are 87 schools across the region which could lose their outstanding status because their teaching was only judged to be good while the outstanding status of about 1,000 schools nationally could now be reviewed because their teaching was not of the very highest standard.
The list includes 19 schools in North Yorkshire, 11 in Leeds and eight in Rotherham.
Ofsted is also now replacing “satisfactory” with a new “requires improvement” grading.
Its new chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “Once the requirement to improve category starts in September, there will be more schools going into special measures.
“But the thing about designating a school in a category is that there is a lot of attention on them.”
Schools are placed in special measures if they are found to be under-performing in many areas and need intensive support to improve.
An increase in schools going into special measures as a result of the satisfactory category being scrapped is likely to impact on Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Post revealed in December the region has the country’s highest level of “mediocre and middling” schools with almost half the secondaries inspected been given the second lowest rating possible by Ofsted.
In his first keynote speech as chief inspector yesterday, Sir Michael told headteachers at an event in central London that one in five outstanding primaries, and half of outstanding secondary schools, about 1,000 schools in total, did not have outstanding teaching standards at their last inspection.
Sir Michael also told the event that top schools “should not luxuriate in their own outstandingness” and their headteachers had a “moral imperative and duty” to help others.
He is in discussions with the National College – which develops school leaders – to introduce “a sort of national service for outstanding heads and leaders” and these “conscripts” would join Ofsted on a small number of inspections – no more than six days of the year.
Sir Michael also reiterated his view that weak teachers should not receive pay rises, with only committed and hard-working staff given financial rewards.
He claimed it was “quite legitimate for Ofsted to look at the correlation between the quality of teaching and salary progression”.
“There is nothing more irritating in the staff room than seeing someone being promoted or getting more money, who is not doing as good a job as you are,” he said.
This is the full list of outstanding schools which could be downgraded by Ofsted
The Hill Primary School, Barnsley
Littlemoor Children’s Centre and School, Doncaster
Trinity Academy, Doncaster
Aston Comprehensive School, Rotherham
Brinsworth Comprehensive School, Rotherham
Wales High School, Rotherham
Intake Primary School, Sheffield
Stannington Infant School, Sheffield
Long Lee Primary School, Bradford
Ashlands Primary School, Bradford
Woodhouse Primary School, Calderdale
Siddal Primary School, Calderdale
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Calderdale
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Calderdale
The North Halifax Grammar School, Calderdale
Roberttown Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School, Kirklees
Moor End Technology College, Kirklees
The Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form, Kirklees
Holmfirth High School, Kirklees
Rothwell St Mary’s RC Primary School, Leeds
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School, Leeds
Horbury Bridge Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School, Wakefield
Normanton All Saints CofE Infant School, Wakefield
Dodworth St John the Baptist CofE (VA) Primary School, Barnsley
Penistone St John the Baptist Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School, Barnsley
High View Primary Learning Centre, Barnsley
Edenthorpe Hall Primary School, Doncaster
Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School, Doncaster
Thornhill Primary School, Rotherham
Sitwell Infant School, Rotherham
Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, Rotherham
Anston Hillcrest Primary School, Rotherham
Brampton Ellis CofE Infant School, Rotherham
Monteney Primary School, Sheffield
Tapton School, Sheffield
Fir Vale School, Sheffield
All Saints’ Catholic High School, Sheffield
The Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Bradford
Killinghall Primary School, Bradford
St John’s CofE Primary School, Bradford
Dixons City Academy, Bradford
The Crossley Heath School, Calderdale
Brighouse High School, Calderdale
Field Lane Junior Infant and Nursery School, Kirklees
Hopton Primary School, Kirklees
Scholes (Elmet) Primary School, Leeds
Horsforth Featherbank Primary School, Leeds
Westerton Primary School, Leeds
Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School, Leeds
Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School, Leeds
Wigton Moor Primary School, Leeds
Ninelands Primary School, Leeds
Roundhay School Technology & Language College, Leeds
Garforth Community College, Leeds
Ossett Flushdyke Junior and Infant School, Wakefield
Castleford High School Technology and Sports College With Hearing Impairment Resource, Wakefield
Ossett School, Wakefield
St Mary’s College, Kingston upon Hull City of
Beverley High School, East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley Grammar School, East Riding of Yorkshire
Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit, North Yorkshire
Harrogate Pupil Referral Unit, North Yorkshire
Hawes Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
McMillan Nursery School, Kingston upon Hull City of
Littlecoates Primary School, North East Lincolnshire
Tollbar Business and Enterprise College, North East Lincolnshire
Young People’s Education Centre, North Lincolnshire
Kell Bank Church of England Primary School, North Yorkshire
Clapham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, North Yorkshire
Rossett School, North Yorkshire
St Augustine’s Roman Catholic School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
St Francis Xavier School, North Yorkshire
Ermysted’s Grammar School, North Yorkshire
St John Fisher Catholic High School, North Yorkshire
Springhead School, North Yorkshire
The Forest School, North Yorkshire
St Paul’s Nursery School, York
Naburn Church of England Primary School, York
St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, York
Fulford School, York
Castleton Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
Burton Salmon Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
Glasshouses Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
Moorside Infant School, North Yorkshire
Christ Church Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, North Yorkshire
Spofforth Church of England Controlled Primary School, North Yorkshire
Egton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, North Yorkshire