The Behaviour Challenge
In September 2009, 43 local authorities (LAs) were identified by the Secretary of State for Education, Ed Balls, as having high percentages of maintained secondary schools with ‘satisfactory’ behaviour judgements and slow rates of progress. These LAs were asked to develop plans and to set themselves targets to improve the behaviour for their next Ofsted inspection.
The National Strategies team has been monitoring the Ofsted inspection results for the autumn 2009 and spring 2010 terms and have noted the following general points:
- A higher percentage of schools inspected have slipped from a satisfactory to inadequate rating than in previous terms
- Behaviour ratings are at least equal to, if not better than, the overall rating for school effectiveness.
Where teaching and learning opportunities do not allow for independent learning, it is assumed that this is influenced by pupil behaviour and therefore the behaviour judgement given is no higher than satisfactory.
National Strategies regional advisers (RAs) now have access to a package of support which includes pre-inspection learning walks which focus on some of the early information coming out of the most recent Ofsted inspections. Please contact your link RA for further information by e-mailing behaviour_attendance_and_SEAL@nationalstrategies.co.uk.