SchooliP attended The National Conference on School Improvement with speaker Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Sir Michael discussed the issue of secondary schools and that last year’s annual Ofsted report highlighted that in 13 local authorities less than 50% of secondary schools were judged to be good.He claims “the quality of teaching and the rate of pupils’ progress and achievement in years 7 to 9 is often not good enough to prepare youngsters for the next stage of their education”. He states that certain subjects are “taught in a way that is failing to engage or enthuse pupils in a number of schools.”

He claims “the quality of teaching and the rate of pupils’ progress and achievement in years 7 to 9 is often not good enough to prepare youngsters for the next stage of their education”. He states that certain subjects are “taught in a way that is failing to engage or enthuse pupils in a number of schools.”


 

What can secondary schools do to outline their opportunities for improvement and how can they utilise their strengths across school?

We believe that by using SchooliP’s integrated web based Improvement Planning, Performance Management and Self Evaluation software a school can successfully outline strengths and opportunities for improvement across school as well as for individual teachers. From this, a school can develop an internal mentoring scheme to utilise strengths across school. Sir Michael comments that school-based training is "absolutely vital".

He also states that “Ofsted will be focusing even more sharply on the quality of leadership this coming academic year, including during our new short inspections of good schools.” SchooliP will allow schools to show how they are conducting leadership across school and how they have outlined areas for improvement and exactly what they have done (or doing) to improve this. SchooliP also supports the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) 2015 for schools.

Sir Michael concludes: “Unless we all focus attention on improving secondary school performance, I fear we will continue to see progress stalled.”

You can also view the full transcript of Sir Michael's speech Here

 

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