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Schools: 'Only good is satisfactory'

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Ofsted has rated about 6,000 schools in England as "satisfactory", as opposed to "outstanding", "good" or "inadequate". But the new chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has decided that the category formerly known as "satisfactory" is actually unsatisfactory.

Speaking on the programme, Sir Michael explained: "I don't think "satisfactory" denotes acceptable provision. All parents want their children to go to good schools; children want to go to good schools.

"And what we're saying in the re-designation is if a school isn't good it will be placed in a "requirement to improve category" and given up to three years to improve before it goes into special measures. This, I think, will be a good way of improving standards in or schools."

And he added: "That's the message of this, that only "good" and "outstanding" of course, would be satisfactory."

But Clare Bradford, head teacher at Henbury School in Bristol, which has been rated as "satisfactory" for the past eight years, warned that "it could be very, very difficult to attract leaders and staff into those schools id they're going to be told they're not good enough and they're required to improve and if people don't recognise the changes that are being made."


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