Thurrock's schools to be inspected by Ofsted

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OFSTED has announced it is going to inspect the state of schools in Thurrock following concerns about performance.

Through the inspections by Ofsted, schools in Thurrock will come under scrutiny.

Inspectors will observe and analyse lessons in progress, talk to school staff, pupils and parents, and ask staff what the local authority does in terms of challenging and supporting them to improve.

Inspectors are also going in to support the council's school improvement programme.

Ofsted's own annual report, published in November, found Thurrock to be in the bottom three in England and Wales for the number of primary schools that are good or outstanding.

Thurrock is ranked the worst in the East of England for primary schools.

Sean Harford, Ofsted director for the East of England, said: "Too many children in Thurrock leave primary school ill-prepared for their secondary education. While some pupils do well, too many are lagging behind, particularly those from poorer backgrounds. This needs to change.

"There are areas in the borough where pupils fare significantly better in similar circumstances.

"We are going in to diagnose the problems through inspection. That’s the first stage in the path towards a brighter future for children in Thurrock."

Ofsted says it will carefully consider the evidence once its focused inspections have taken place.

There will then follow an outcome letter, addressed to Thurrock Council and made public, which will outline the inspection findings.

John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Council and the portfolio holder for education welcomes the inspection.

He said: "I have no doubt Ofsted will find some issues, but I’m equally certain that they will realise that, overall, Thurrock is on an improving path, whatever some local people say, education in Thurrock is getting better."

Cllr Kent added: "I have said before that one of the reasons Thurrock remained close to the foot of the Ofsted league table is that those below us were focused on by the inspectorate – now it’s our turn and our chance to show that the historic issues between the council and schools are no more.

"I’m sure Ofsted will recognise and acknowledge that Thurrock Council is working in partnership with all our schools towards a common aim of ensuring young people in this borough will have the skills and the qualifications needed to take on the challenges, jobs and careers that regeneration will bring in the years to come."

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11:39am Tue 25 Feb 14

Indred Cold says...

I often think who the hell does Ofsted think they are?
from what I have seen a bunch of failed teachers with a very political axe to grind

No place for them in this world
I often think who the hell does Ofsted think they are? from what I have seen a bunch of failed teachers with a very political axe to grind No place for them in this world Indred Cold
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11:55am Tue 25 Feb 14

rocket1 says...

what does ECM think about this?.
what does ECM think about this?. rocket1
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2:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Ofsted is a farce and with its own agenda as shown by the removal of 'satisfactory' as a label for schools. Now if your school gets labelled with what used to be satisfactory you have failed and the school gets lots more OFSTED so more money for OFSTED...

As well, the inspection is a matter of luck. Some lessons are good, some bad - that's life. But only a tiny percentage of lessons are seen and if it's an unlucky day for the school it's all the bad ones that are seen and from that massive generalisations are made and careers ruined.

Luck? You only need say one massively dysfunctional family to have four kids at the school and they have bad brawl at home in the morning and so they decide to wreck four lessons at school and kapow there goes 'teaching and learning' in the OFSTED report. and the school gets dumped into 'Unsatisfactory 'through no fault of its own.

OFSTED is a waste of space...
Ofsted is a farce and with its own agenda as shown by the removal of 'satisfactory' as a label for schools. Now if your school gets labelled with what used to be satisfactory you have failed and the school gets lots more OFSTED so more money for OFSTED... As well, the inspection is a matter of luck. Some lessons are good, some bad - that's life. But only a tiny percentage of lessons are seen and if it's an unlucky day for the school it's all the bad ones that are seen and from that massive generalisations are made and careers ruined. Luck? You only need say one massively dysfunctional family to have four kids at the school and they have bad brawl at home in the morning and so they decide to wreck four lessons at school and kapow there goes 'teaching and learning' in the OFSTED report. and the school gets dumped into 'Unsatisfactory 'through no fault of its own. OFSTED is a waste of space... Jack222
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3:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Indred Cold says...

Simple answer ban Offsted from our schools turn up on the day that they are in and tell the to f*** off
Simple answer ban Offsted from our schools turn up on the day that they are in and tell the to f*** off Indred Cold
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8:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

rocket1 wrote:
what does ECM think about this?.
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"! (Einstein)
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: what does ECM think about this?.[/p][/quote]"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"! (Einstein) E.C.M.
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8:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bernard 87 says...

Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.
Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England. Bernard 87
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11:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

rocket1 says...

Bernard 87 wrote:
Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.
oh stop being so silly bernard.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.[/p][/quote]oh stop being so silly bernard. rocket1
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5:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dave_ says...

Being of a certain age, I tend to look at the constant scrutiny of education and educators and wonder how on earth those like me of the pre-GCSE, pre-league table and inspection generation, ever learnt how to read, write or do sums, pass exams etc without our schools being checked every few years. I’m amazed that so many generations prior to this helped to make Britain what it is.

When you look at it like this you have to wonder what value / benefit OFSTED bring to education. From where I look at it they bring neither. They come along like horsemen of the apocolypse and with their minute snapshot of that school’s life, can disrupt the whole school’s. I’ve heard that some school’s ditch planned activities and visits just to appease these time wasters. How is that fair on the children and staff, the former looking forward to something more than sitting in a class and for staff the time spent planning/organising it. If it happened to my kids I’d be up there to advise the box tickers what sort of person the head is and see them chew the bones out of that. If nay probably in order to maintain their jobs, the box tickers say the school is not up to scratch, do they realise the only people that they are adversely affecting are the children, as the teaching staff will have to take time to do /change things.

Unfortunately as this country has moved away from being a manufacturing based economy to a service based one, the box tickers have filled the void, but actually suck the life out of the economy, unless you’re in one of scavenger companies that thrive on the discord they generate.

As for all this about being the worst in Eastern England, who, where are we benchmarked against? Has it actually changed in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and if so how or why? No two areas have the same socio-economic mix, no two areas have the same ethnic mix, so how come they are able to come to this conclusion. Given that every single child is different; in terms of speed they learn, how they learn, home life, opportunity at home to learn etc, they can’t be comparing like with like, so comparison is pointless. Individual schools in area may fair better, but that’s cyclical and depends completely on the situation at the time. If they’ve been able to secure funding for things or operated a semi-selective approach to the kids there, had a stable teaching staff, they can fair better than the school up the road, that may not be in the same position.

I don’t know how much governmental tinkering there was with education between the late 60s and early 80s when I in full-time education, but I don’t recall the sort of headlines we get now, about how many exam passes we got or how good/bad our schools were doing. Maybe, no one cared!!!!! May be to some extent that's how it should be, letting teachers teach and pupils do what they do, to the best of their ability, without the constant mind-numbing scrutiny.
Being of a certain age, I tend to look at the constant scrutiny of education and educators and wonder how on earth those like me of the pre-GCSE, pre-league table and inspection generation, ever learnt how to read, write or do sums, pass exams etc without our schools being checked every few years. I’m amazed that so many generations prior to this helped to make Britain what it is. When you look at it like this you have to wonder what value / benefit OFSTED bring to education. From where I look at it they bring neither. They come along like horsemen of the apocolypse and with their minute snapshot of that school’s life, can disrupt the whole school’s. I’ve heard that some school’s ditch planned activities and visits just to appease these time wasters. How is that fair on the children and staff, the former looking forward to something more than sitting in a class and for staff the time spent planning/organising it. If it happened to my kids I’d be up there to advise the box tickers what sort of person the head is and see them chew the bones out of that. If nay probably in order to maintain their jobs, the box tickers say the school is not up to scratch, do they realise the only people that they are adversely affecting are the children, as the teaching staff will have to take time to do /change things. Unfortunately as this country has moved away from being a manufacturing based economy to a service based one, the box tickers have filled the void, but actually suck the life out of the economy, unless you’re in one of scavenger companies that thrive on the discord they generate. As for all this about being the worst in Eastern England, who, where are we benchmarked against? Has it actually changed in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and if so how or why? No two areas have the same socio-economic mix, no two areas have the same ethnic mix, so how come they are able to come to this conclusion. Given that every single child is different; in terms of speed they learn, how they learn, home life, opportunity at home to learn etc, they can’t be comparing like with like, so comparison is pointless. Individual schools in area may fair better, but that’s cyclical and depends completely on the situation at the time. If they’ve been able to secure funding for things or operated a semi-selective approach to the kids there, had a stable teaching staff, they can fair better than the school up the road, that may not be in the same position. I don’t know how much governmental tinkering there was with education between the late 60s and early 80s when I in full-time education, but I don’t recall the sort of headlines we get now, about how many exam passes we got or how good/bad our schools were doing. Maybe, no one cared!!!!! May be to some extent that's how it should be, letting teachers teach and pupils do what they do, to the best of their ability, without the constant mind-numbing scrutiny. Dave_
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7:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

Thurrock Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% in the UK. The Primary schools are in the bottom three. I ask the question why is there such a huge difference.

Will the Secondary Schools be inspected or is it just the primaries?
Thurrock Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% in the UK. The Primary schools are in the bottom three. I ask the question why is there such a huge difference. Will the Secondary Schools be inspected or is it just the primaries? Marcus P
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7:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

Bernard 87 wrote:
Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.
The Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally. The issue is with the primaries.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.[/p][/quote]The Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally. The issue is with the primaries. Marcus P
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10:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

Marcus P wrote:
Bernard 87 wrote: Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.
The Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally. The issue is with the primaries.
There's only ten Secondary Schools, compared with 43 Primaries in Thurrock!

You do the Maths!

Obviously, it's easier to portray Secondary Schools as doing better than their Primary counterparts!
[quote][p][bold]Marcus P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: Maybe if Thurrock had a committed Education portfolio holder rather than a useless councillor who couldn't cope and then the council leader pretending to be in charge of education our schools would not be the worst in Eastern England.[/p][/quote]The Secondary schools are ranked in the top 20% nationally. The issue is with the primaries.[/p][/quote]There's only ten Secondary Schools, compared with 43 Primaries in Thurrock! You do the Maths! Obviously, it's easier to portray Secondary Schools as doing better than their Primary counterparts! E.C.M.
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10:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

Dave_ wrote:
Being of a certain age, I tend to look at the constant scrutiny of education and educators and wonder how on earth those like me of the pre-GCSE, pre-league table and inspection generation, ever learnt how to read, write or do sums, pass exams etc without our schools being checked every few years. I’m amazed that so many generations prior to this helped to make Britain what it is. When you look at it like this you have to wonder what value / benefit OFSTED bring to education. From where I look at it they bring neither. They come along like horsemen of the apocolypse and with their minute snapshot of that school’s life, can disrupt the whole school’s. I’ve heard that some school’s ditch planned activities and visits just to appease these time wasters. How is that fair on the children and staff, the former looking forward to something more than sitting in a class and for staff the time spent planning/organising it. If it happened to my kids I’d be up there to advise the box tickers what sort of person the head is and see them chew the bones out of that. If nay probably in order to maintain their jobs, the box tickers say the school is not up to scratch, do they realise the only people that they are adversely affecting are the children, as the teaching staff will have to take time to do /change things. Unfortunately as this country has moved away from being a manufacturing based economy to a service based one, the box tickers have filled the void, but actually suck the life out of the economy, unless you’re in one of scavenger companies that thrive on the discord they generate. As for all this about being the worst in Eastern England, who, where are we benchmarked against? Has it actually changed in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and if so how or why? No two areas have the same socio-economic mix, no two areas have the same ethnic mix, so how come they are able to come to this conclusion. Given that every single child is different; in terms of speed they learn, how they learn, home life, opportunity at home to learn etc, they can’t be comparing like with like, so comparison is pointless. Individual schools in area may fair better, but that’s cyclical and depends completely on the situation at the time. If they’ve been able to secure funding for things or operated a semi-selective approach to the kids there, had a stable teaching staff, they can fair better than the school up the road, that may not be in the same position. I don’t know how much governmental tinkering there was with education between the late 60s and early 80s when I in full-time education, but I don’t recall the sort of headlines we get now, about how many exam passes we got or how good/bad our schools were doing. Maybe, no one cared!!!!! May be to some extent that's how it should be, letting teachers teach and pupils do what they do, to the best of their ability, without the constant mind-numbing scrutiny.
If you watched a televised football match for 5 minutes, could you accurately predict the final score? No of course not!

Similarly, Ofsted's day and a half snapshot inspection, cannot identify the true picture within a school!

Even if they could, "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"! (Einstein)
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: Being of a certain age, I tend to look at the constant scrutiny of education and educators and wonder how on earth those like me of the pre-GCSE, pre-league table and inspection generation, ever learnt how to read, write or do sums, pass exams etc without our schools being checked every few years. I’m amazed that so many generations prior to this helped to make Britain what it is. When you look at it like this you have to wonder what value / benefit OFSTED bring to education. From where I look at it they bring neither. They come along like horsemen of the apocolypse and with their minute snapshot of that school’s life, can disrupt the whole school’s. I’ve heard that some school’s ditch planned activities and visits just to appease these time wasters. How is that fair on the children and staff, the former looking forward to something more than sitting in a class and for staff the time spent planning/organising it. If it happened to my kids I’d be up there to advise the box tickers what sort of person the head is and see them chew the bones out of that. If nay probably in order to maintain their jobs, the box tickers say the school is not up to scratch, do they realise the only people that they are adversely affecting are the children, as the teaching staff will have to take time to do /change things. Unfortunately as this country has moved away from being a manufacturing based economy to a service based one, the box tickers have filled the void, but actually suck the life out of the economy, unless you’re in one of scavenger companies that thrive on the discord they generate. As for all this about being the worst in Eastern England, who, where are we benchmarked against? Has it actually changed in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and if so how or why? No two areas have the same socio-economic mix, no two areas have the same ethnic mix, so how come they are able to come to this conclusion. Given that every single child is different; in terms of speed they learn, how they learn, home life, opportunity at home to learn etc, they can’t be comparing like with like, so comparison is pointless. Individual schools in area may fair better, but that’s cyclical and depends completely on the situation at the time. If they’ve been able to secure funding for things or operated a semi-selective approach to the kids there, had a stable teaching staff, they can fair better than the school up the road, that may not be in the same position. I don’t know how much governmental tinkering there was with education between the late 60s and early 80s when I in full-time education, but I don’t recall the sort of headlines we get now, about how many exam passes we got or how good/bad our schools were doing. Maybe, no one cared!!!!! May be to some extent that's how it should be, letting teachers teach and pupils do what they do, to the best of their ability, without the constant mind-numbing scrutiny.[/p][/quote]If you watched a televised football match for 5 minutes, could you accurately predict the final score? No of course not! Similarly, Ofsted's day and a half snapshot inspection, cannot identify the true picture within a school! Even if they could, "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"! (Einstein) E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Paul_Grays says...

Nothing to do with the non-native people that have flooded into our schools of course. I hope these inspectors are bilingal.
Nothing to do with the non-native people that have flooded into our schools of course. I hope these inspectors are bilingal. Paul_Grays
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Dave_ says...

Only bilingual?
Only bilingual? Dave_
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

Paul_Grays wrote:
Nothing to do with the non-native people that have flooded into our schools of course. I hope these inspectors are bilingal.
Fact...white working class boys are the lowest performing cohort of students nationally!

To improve your school's GCSE results, encourage BEM students from an Asian background to enrol...consequently
, your league table position will soon soar!
[quote][p][bold]Paul_Grays[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with the non-native people that have flooded into our schools of course. I hope these inspectors are bilingal.[/p][/quote]Fact...white working class boys are the lowest performing cohort of students nationally! To improve your school's GCSE results, encourage BEM students from an Asian background to enrol...consequently , your league table position will soon soar! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Fri 28 Feb 14

rocket1 says...

my son is white working class and he done well at harris chafford.
my son is white working class and he done well at harris chafford. rocket1
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

E.C.M. says...

rocket1 wrote:
my son is white working class and he done well at harris chafford.
rocket1, well done to him! There's always 'one' that skews statistics!

Just heard a a typical consequence of today's education system!

A local school in Special Measures, has blown their own trumpet, stating they have had no FTE (Fixed Term Exclusions) for the past three months...implying behaviour has improved! In reality, behaviour has in fact deteriorated according to the teachers...they're just not excluding unruly pupils anymore to play the Ofsted/HMI game!

Education today in Cam-oran's Britain! "It's all a load of b*****ks...and b*****ks to it all"! (The Specials 2008)
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: my son is white working class and he done well at harris chafford.[/p][/quote]rocket1, well done to him! There's always 'one' that skews statistics! Just heard a a typical consequence of today's education system! A local school in Special Measures, has blown their own trumpet, stating they have had no FTE (Fixed Term Exclusions) for the past three months...implying behaviour has improved! In reality, behaviour has in fact deteriorated according to the teachers...they're just not excluding unruly pupils anymore to play the Ofsted/HMI game! Education today in Cam-oran's Britain! "It's all a load of b*****ks...and b*****ks to it all"! (The Specials 2008) E.C.M.
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