Phil Taylor is a Conservative Councillor for Northfield Ward in Ealing. Follow Phil on Twitter here.
Overnight the media reported remarks made by Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, as he launched Ofsted’s Getting to Good initiative.
Wilshaw is making some hugely important changes to Ofsted and to England’s schools in turn. In “Getting to Good” Ofsted spells out what it takes for a school to move from the old satisfactory judgement to good. This is all part of Wilshaw’s intolerance of poor teaching and poor schools that let down too many of our children. In future, schools will not be allowed to coast along as "satisfactory". They will be branded as being in need of improvement and given four years to get to good.
Wilshaw took the opportunity to criticise mixed ability teaching, early examinations and the fact that 20% of capable kids leaving primary school aren’t getting As, A*s and Bs at GCSE level. In passing he also questioned whether the Coalition’s Pupil Premium policy was achieving its aims based on survey data collected by Ofsted.