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Do OFSTED inspections of secondary schools make a difference to GCSE results?

Lookup NU author(s): Ian Shaw, Professor Douglas Newton, Emeritus Professor Murray Aitkin, Ross Darnell


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The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) aims to improve school performance through inspection. A government indicator of a secondary school's performance in England and Wales is the students' success in examinations. The examination results of over 3000 OFSTED inspected secondary schools offering students for General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination during the 1992 to 1997 inspection cycle were modelled statistically. For kinds of schools where achievement was already much higher or lower than the average (e.g. selective schools), inspection was associated with slight improvements in achievement. For county, local education authority maintained, comprehensive schools (the largest single group), inspection did not improve examination achievement. Some implications for school improvement are discussed.

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Author(s): Shaw I, Newton DP, Aitkin M, Darnell R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Educational Research Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Pages: 63-75

Print publication date: 01/02/2003

ISSN (print): 0141-1926

ISSN (electronic): 1469-3518

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0141192032000057375


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