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[–] Lipsy i/just/can't 13 points

American here. What are the potential concrete consequences of a lower Ofsted rating score?

For teachers directly an OFSTED rating of requires improvement or inadequate will mean little time before the next OFSTED inspection to see if they have implemented changes, which is a lot more work/pressure.

If they are put into special measures (schools that don’t implement the changes between inspections or those who are considered unable to do so, or those that fail on safeguarding-which is an immediate fail regardless of any other areas grades) will be forced to become an academy/join a multi academy trust. Autonomy can be taken away in many ways through this, more so when the schools bill passes, so that there is greater control to correct the senior leaderships fuck ups.

A poor OFSTED rating that’s the fault of the ht policies/failure to act, will follow that ht career for a long time. Education is a gossipy small word, reputation is everything. And if a ht is known as the reason a school failed OFSTED then kiss goodbye to career advancement (and the pay bumps that go with it) for a long time.

In larger terms house prices are often much much higher in areas that have schools with consistently good or outstanding OFSTED ratings. These have a big impact on the local economy in this way, which also in turn tends to have an impact on the support the community gives a school- lots of outstanding ratings=high house prices=local businesses benefit and then there’s more pta volunteers/fund raising for schools for extra trips/activities/supplies in classes etc. there’s probably not much fair about that, but I’m guessing it’s much easier to be a teacher in a school rated outstanding, where there’s a busy pta, parent governors who have skills to support school, reading volunteers, local cafes donating cupcakes for the fair or local book shop donating kids books etc. must make running a school on a budget and juggling staffing etc so much harder to not have this support, and to have parents actively mistrust schools because of poor OFSTED reports.

[–] Lipsy i/just/can't 6 points Edited

Thank you for taking the time to explain in detail 🤩

The real-estate price issue is the same on our side of The Pond, too.

I should have said it’s also to do with funding.

A school removed from local authority control, or forced to leave a certain MAT in favour of one stronger in safeguarding/wellbeing etc, effectively looses a huge chunk of change for all those kids education/ehcp funds etc. so schools/MATs/LAs don’t want forced to loose responsibility for those kids education because it means loosing that funding also.

Huge. HUGE. Schools closing down.

No that’s not true. They aren’t closed down, control is taken away from them.*

If a school is rated poorly enough they can be put into special measures, which means the school is taken off the local authority (so the education funding for these kids taken off the local authority also) and forced to become an academy. Or if they are already an academy they are forced to join a multi academy trust to help them address problems, or leave their MAT and join a different one-that has strengths in the areas they failed in. It will mean they are due regular detailed OFSTED inspections, not trusted to have years between these.

OFSTED ratings matter massively to head teachers. If a ht became head of a school rated outstanding, then a few years later OFSTED rate them inadequate based on policies/decisions that head has made, then it follows their career for a long fucking time. Education is very fucking gossipy, schools talk about other schools, local authority talks about schools and MATs. A head teacher going for interviews at other schools/applying for promotions, will be utterly fucked under those circumstances. Unless there’s a valid reason out with their control- like sats scores down after the pandemic for example- or unless it was a school known to be struggling anyways, a suddenly poor OFSTED rating based on ht policy & action is like a red pen fail on that ht forehead. Rightly so, because while some things like sats are bs, others like safeguarding, h&s, children’s well-being, are really fucking easy for schools to get right. They only need no valid formal complaints for OFSTED to view when in, and evidence the teachers know the policy’s and are enacting them on the one or two days OFSTED bother to investigate every 4+ years.

*the schools bill going through will have further detriment to head teachers/MATs/LA ignoring DfE guidance/laws etc. it gives much more control to the ed sec and less autonomy for senior leaders in schools to disregard the DfE/OFSTED/laws.

That’s basically what I meant — special measures — but you have explained it perfectly.

[–] Lipsy i/just/can't 2 points Edited

Excellent.

When the Tavistock was rated "inadequate" was that the same scale?

That’s from the CQC, which is the regulatory body that assesses health care and social care. I don’t know if the scale is the same exactly, but the idea is the same basically.

[–] crodish 🔪🍠 2 points

Seriously how do I marry her or at least pledge my lifeforce to her

Hopefully this means that as she’s signing off on DfE guidance, it’s written firmly and clearly, so that OFSTED assessment based on it will be equally firm and clear. So schools breaching DfE guidance will be harshly marked down.

Braverman? Fitting name, lol. She's certainly braver than many a man by saying this.