There were 562 full inspections between 1 September and 31 December 2015. This is far fewer than previous years: there were 1,491 full inspections between 1 October and 31 December 2014 and 5,042 in the whole 2014/15 school year. This is because of the introduction of short inspections, changes to the timing of first inspections of new schools, and a planned slower start to the new inspection framework.
The statistics show that:
85% of schools were judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ overall at their most recent inspection; this broke down as 86% of primary schools and 75% of secondary schools.
There were 333 short inspections (of good schools) of which 47% converted to a full inspection. Of those, 18% improved to ‘outstanding’, 24% remained ‘good’, 50% ‘requires improvement’ and 8% ‘inadequate’. In total, 64% remained ‘good’, 8% improved and 28% moved down.
In both primary and secondary schools, academy converters were most likely to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, followed by maintained schools, and then sponsor-led academies; this is the pattern that would be expected due to the profile of the different types of academy before they converted.
83% of pupils in secondary schools in the south are in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools, compared to 73% in the north and midlands. There is, however, substantial variation within these areas.