Teachers praised after 20 per cent increase in schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted

FOLLOWING the release of the chief inspector’s annual Ofsted report, education leaders across the city have praised teachers for the number of good and outstanding schools.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 12:38 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 7:35 pm
Cabinet member for education, Cllr Suzy Horton, has praised the city's teachers after a 20 per cent increase in the number of good or outstanding schools. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Following the latest series of inspections, 89 per cent of Portsmouth schools are classified in the top two categories compared to just 69 per cent five years ago. Nearly all Early Years providers across the city are also judged as good or outstanding.

Cabinet member for education, Suzy Horton, said: ‘I'm really pleased to be able to say that 89 per cent of inspected schools in Portsmouth are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted - a 20 percentage points rise compared to 2015 and higher than the national average for schools which is 86 per cent.

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Eighty nine per cent of schools in Portsmouth are now judged as good or outstanding. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

‘Our Early Years settings rating - with 96 per cent of settings reported as good or outstanding - is also excellent and adds to the recent very positive inspection reports for our mental health and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities services in the city.

‘All the teachers, leaders and support staff should be very proud of these results and they are a testament to the hard work done by everyone who works with children in the city.’

Deputy director for children families and education, Mike Stoneman, said: ‘This is excellent news and reflects the work being carried out across the city. Our schools are very inclusive and this is something Ofsted picked up on.’

With 93 per cent of schools across Hampshire also categorised as good or outstanding the county council is also above the national average.

Councillor Roz Chadd, executive member for education and skills, commented: ‘It’s reassuring to see that pupils in Hampshire are benefiting from consistently high standards in education, reflected in over 90 per cent schools being judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.’

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The situation in Portsmouth represents the improving picture nationally with chief inspector Amanda Spielman confirming that the ‘great majority of schools, colleges, nurseries and child minders in England are good or outstanding.’

The report revealed that nationally 86 per cent of schools are judged to be good or outstanding with 96 per cent of early years provision also classified in these categories. The inspector also revealed that 81 per cent of inspected further education providers were judged as good or outstanding.

The Annual Report provides a summary of findings from thousands of Ofsted inspections, visits and research published over the past year.