A new report published by Ofsted today reveals that ‘good’ will be the minimum requirement in inspected schools from now on.
The previous ‘satisfactory’ rating’ has been abolished, and instead such schools will be deemed as ‘requires improvement.’ The former five-point scale has been reduced to four – Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, and Inadequate.
The Head of the Inspectorate, Sir Michael Wilshaw, states in his introduction to the report that
Too many children go through their entire school careers in ‘satisfactory’ schools. From September, only ‘good’ will be good enough. The changes we are introducing will help schools that don’t meet this standard to improve.
The ‘satisfactory’ grade will cease to exist and will be replaced by ‘requires improvement’. We will inspect those schools that ‘require improvement’ more frequently and we will support and monitor them to help them to improve.
Schools adjudged as needing improvement will be re-inspected within a maximum of two years, and will be expected to become ‘good’ within a defined timescale.