Ofsted's 'intractable' schools have lost 599 staff since 2015, says NEU

By agency reporter
December 19, 2017

Ofsted's annual report recently highlighted a group of schools which were labelled 'intractable', as they have not been graded ‘good’ since 2005.

Research by the National Education Union (NEU) shows that the 124 schools on this Ofsted list have suffered a funding cut of £17.9 million since 2015/16.

This has resulted in these schools cutting 599 staff since 2015, including 216 classroom teachers and 133 teaching assistants.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said, “Ofsted’s chief inspector says that no child should be cheated out of the future they should and could be aiming for. The reality is sadly very different. These schools have some of the most deprived children in the country with 43 per cent of their pupils identified as being eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the previous six years, compared with the national average of 26 per cent.

"Putting out lists naming and shaming these schools is neither fair nor helpful and can lead to difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers – something that Ofsted and Government need to address.

“It is clear that the ‘support’ these schools have received is not working, and raises a significant question about the effectiveness of the current inspection regime. The real needs of schools serving different communities will not be met until the Government conducts a comprehensive and objective assessment of those needs and fully resources them. This will require reversing the vast cuts that have occurred to LA and other support services that schools in disadvantaged areas need and depend upon to ensure all children get the education they need and deserve.” 

 * Read the Ofsted Annual Report here

* National Education Union https://neu.org.uk/

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