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The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, has published his fifth and final annual report, based on inspections of schools, colleges and providers of further education and skills.

There are some key headlines from the report that highlight areas of improvement in schools and early years settings. There are also areas that Sir Michael highlights as ongoing issues:

  • There has been an overall improvement in the last five years, with 1.8 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in August 2010.
  • Across England, 90% of primary schools are good or outstanding and 78% of secondary schools.
  • There have been dramatic improvements in early years and primary education. In 2016 two thirds of children achieved a good level of development in early years compared with one third in 2013.  However, 6,000 disadvantaged two year olds remain in inadequate nurseries.
  • Communication, language and literacy is one of the main areas where children in early years lag behind and attainment in these areas is weakest in deprived areas. The report states that ‘stronger settings...have particular strengths in helping to accelerate children’s communication, language and personal and social development’.
  • The variation in standards across different parts of the county continues. The gap between the north and midlands and the south in secondary schools has widened with the north and midlands remaining below national average on all measures.

The report also talks about the eight local area inspections for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) carried out in 2016 which have found:

  • Services are mostly well established, and most parents felt they had been consulted. But, almost all had more to do more for older children and young people.
  • Local areas are less informed about children with SEND who do not have a statement/Education Health and Care Plan. Many children with SLCN will fall into this category.

The full report can be downloaded here.

I CAN’s Early TalkPrimary Talk and Secondary Talk are programmes that can help to support high quality teaching for all children, including those with speech, language and communication needs.


The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2014/15

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, has published his fourth annual report, based on over 5,000 inspections of schools, colleges and providers of further education and skills.

Key headlines from the report are:

• There have been some significant improvements over the last few years. There are now around 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools than there were five years ago.

• Across England, 85% of primary schools are good or outstanding and 74% of secondary schools.

• But, it is worrying that there is a difference in the number of good or outstanding schools in different parts of the country; there are many more weak secondary schools in the North and Midlands compared to other areas in England.

• Primary schools have successfully narrowed the gap between less advantaged pupils and their peers. The focus is now on early years settings who need to reduce the number of children who are not yet ready to learn when they start school.

The report can be downloaded in full here.

I CAN have a number of programmes designed to help to narrow the gap between less advantaged children and their peers. Read about Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost for more information.

Early Talk, Primary Talk and Secondary Talk are programmes that can help to support high quality teaching for all children, including those with speech, language and communication needs.