Ofsted: School Standards Improved During Pandemic


Schools in the UK were closed for several months over the last couple of years, due to the threat of spreading Covid-19 among students, leaving many parents worried about the impact on their children’s education. However, Ofsted’s latest report revealed there has actually been an improvement in school standards since before the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Ofsted published its data, which showed 83 per cent of schools were either good or outstanding in the three months leading up to the end of November 2021. This is higher than the 77 per cent of schools that received this rating between September 2019 and schools closing in March 2020, as part of the nationwide-lockdown.

Chief inspector for Ofsted Amanda Spielman said these findings will provide “reassurance to parents and to schools as well”.

She added: “I’m very pleased to report that schools are improving and being recognised for doing so. In fact, inspection results this term are very much in line with what we saw before the pandemic began, if not slightly improved.”

The report also showed 72 per cent of schools that were previously told required improvement have been given a good or outstanding rating since September 2021. In comparison, this figure was just 56 per cent in 2019/20.

This comes after education secretary Nadim Zahawi hinted that schools could be closed again after the Christmas holidays, due to the unprecedented spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, reported the Daily Mail.

He could not rule out the possibility of closure, telling BBC’s Andrew Marr: “We are absolutely working to make sure that all schools are open.”

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