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Ofsted Annual Report – regional reporting

For the first time, the Ofsted Annual Report presents the information about schools, further education and skills sectors into eight distinct regions.

Sir Michael Wilshaw introduces that rational behind regional reporting in this short film.

In brief, inner city areas are doing well, closing the gap between poverty and performance. Schools in rural areas are not doing well: there is a perceived lack of challenge from teachers and headteachers, governing boards and local authorities. 'Unlucky children' go to schools where local authority governance is poor and good heads are not disseminating good practice. Wilshaw firmly states that is it not acceptable to have low expectations of pupils because they are poor. Ofsted are focusing, more than ever before, on raising standards in poor performing rural regions and challenging under-performing local authorities. The achievement of White British children from low-income backgrounds will come under the spot light.

The regional average for schools being good or outstanding is 78%.

North West

The primary and further education sectors in the North West are among the best in England. The proportion of children in primary schools judged good or better is among the highest in the country.

The performance of secondary schools is patchier and access to good or outstanding secondary education is a postcode lottery for too many young people. This needs to change.

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

The primary sector in the North East is among the best in the country, while Yorkshire and Humberside has one of the highest proportions of primary schools in England that are less than good. Despite pockets of high performance, secondary schools in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber are, overall, among the worst in the country. Pupils from poor backgrounds have by far the worst deal of all.

East Midlands

The proportion of good or outstanding schools has improved. No East Midlands local authority is in the top third of authorities nationally for the proportion of pupils attending good or better primary schools. The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools has increased from 65% to 77%. Overall secondary school performance remains below the national level.

In Derby, the chance of attending a good primary school has risen substantially. However, along with Northamptonshire, it still remains in the bottom 20% of all local areas when ranked for the chance of attending a good primary school.

West Midlands

The proportion of good or better primary schools in the West Midlands has increased in 2012/13. Despite this, children in the region still have a lower chance of attending a good or outstanding primary school than in most other areas of the country. In 10 out of the 14 local authorities, over a quarter of primary pupils attend a school that is not yet good.

The proportion of good and better secondary schools is broadly in line with levels in England overall and the region has the lowest proportion of inadequate secondary schools.

East England

Despite the relative affluence of the region, primary school pupils in the East of England have one of the lowest chances in the country of attending a good or better school. Six local authorities are in the bottom 10% in England for proportion of children at good or better primary schools. 76% of schools are led well, which is below the national level of 82%.

A lower proportion of secondary schools in the region are good or outstanding than in England overall, although there are signs of improvement in the last year.


London has seen a rise in the quality of its schools again and overall inspection outcomes were the best in the country. London’s primary schools perform very well although some boroughs do compare poorly, such as Barking and Dagenham.

The overall position for London secondary schools is even better; however three boroughs are below the national level. There remain some areas of concern. In most boroughs, white British pupils make less progress in English than their peers, for example.

South East

The proportion of good and outstanding primary schools remains below the proportion in England as a whole. The standard of education provided to children from poorer backgrounds in primary and secondary schools is of grave concern. Too many poor children are being let down in the South East.

Seven of the 19 local authorities in the South East are ranked in the bottom 30 local authorities nationally for the proportion of children attending good or better primary schools. At least one in four primary pupils in these areas attend a school that is less than good. In Medway, Portsmouth and Bracknell Forest, this rises to around one in three pupils.

South West

The proportion of good or outstanding primary and secondary schools in the South West increased, with the proportion of pupils attending a good or better school just above the national level. Despite the improving picture, too many children and young people from poorer backgrounds do not do well enough.