Bristol schools praised by Ofsted for ‘significant improvements’

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Sir Michael Wilshaw, yesterday gave praise to Bristol’s secondary schools for their improvement.

Ofsted has published the fifth annual report acknowledging the improvement in education since his appointment as Chief of Ofsted in 2010.

Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: Number10
Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: Number10

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech highlighted, “Bristol and numerous other areas that have seen significant improvements in their primary schools in the last few years… we are now closer than we have ever been to an education system where your family background or where you live does not necessarily determine the quality of teaching you receive or the outcomes you achieve.”

Bristol has improved drastically and has been recognised as one of the top 20 authorities for the first time in 20 years. The proportion of pupils who are in a good or outstanding schools in Bristol has climbed 36% points since 2012  as illustrated below.

Pupils in good or outstanding schools by local authority area 2012-2016. Credit: Ofsted
Pupils in good or outstanding schools by local authority area 2012-2016. Credit: Ofsted

Paul Jacobs, Service Director for Education and Skills at Bristol City Council, announced in a recent strategic meeting that 94.4% of Bristol pupils are in a good or better school compared to 86.2% nationally and 90.5% in South West.

He is pleased that schools in Bristol are performing above the national average.

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In 2010, 55% of Bristol’s schools were rated good or better. This has increased over the years following an emphasis on various initiatives.

Sir Michael said “The focus and hard work of the local authority and school leaders.”

“The success our schools have had in forging social cohesion. It’s an achievement that has gone largely unnoticed, but it’s no less real for that. In most places in Europe, the children of immigrants do badly compared to their peers. Here, they do just as well, if not better.”

“Children are taught equally and benefit equally. Children in schools across the country are learning about modern British values and seeing them in practice.”

“They must have the capacity to promote greater social cohesion and provide children with a sense of their worth in modern Britain.”

Take a look below for the progress over the years in the Bristol area.

 

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