Kevan Collins comments on the Ofsted Annual Report

Commenting on the Ofsted Annual report – published here - Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), said:

While it is good news that standards are improving on a national level, it just isn’t acceptable that there are 130 English schools that have not been rated ‘good’ in the past decade. The Chief Inspector is right to highlight capacity in the system as a barrier for changing this and we must do more to support more effective collaboration between schools.

Children and young people deserve to be well-served by the education system no matter where they live and no matter what their background. So it is concerning that the Inspector has highlighted a culture of disadvantage ‘one-upmanship’. We know that there are many schools where poorer pupils perform just as well as their classmates so disadvantage should be no excuse for underperformance.

Notes to editors

  1. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is a grant-making charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £96.3 million to 160 projects working with over 1,000,000 pupils in over 10,000 schools across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.
  2. The full Ofsted report is due to be released at 10am today.