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News - 4 March 2015

Are schools doing enough to stretch the most able?

A report from the education watchdog, Ofsted, says gifted pupils are not keeping up with their clever counterparts in independent and grammar schools.

Inspectors looked at how well pupils who had been high-flyers at primary school made the transition into secondary school.

Children are not "realising their early promise", says Sean Harford, Ofsted's national director of schools. “Thousands of highly performing primary pupils are not realising their early promise when they move to secondary school.”

But heads' leader Russell Hobby said it was "neither sensible nor accurate" to accuse schools of failing. He said that there had been so many changes imposed on secondary schools that the "system itself is getting in the way of success".

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“The report highlighted the difference between non-selective state schools, with the cleverest students not being pushed to achieve their full potential, and the contrast to their counterparts at grammar or private schools where no such barriers were identified.”

Ofsted's report was based on visits to 40 non-selective secondaries and 10 primaries, as well as surveys and interviews.

A Department for Education spokesman said: "Our plan for education is designed to shine a bright light on schools which are coasting, or letting the best and brightest fall by the wayside."

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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