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Harris Academy Upper Norwood in Croydon gets ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating after banning ‘urban slang words’ in school

A school in Croydon has turned-around its academic reputation for the better after it banned the use of all ‘urban slang words’ almost two years ago.












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Nursery schools have been ‘colonised by the middle class’, says Ofsted chief

Nursery schools have been “colonised by the middle class” – ensuring the gap in performance between their children and those from disadvantaged homes remains, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.












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Ofsted head says ‘feckless’ parents should be fined if they don’t support schools

The head of Osted has said that “feckless” parents should be shamed if they fail to turn up to parents’ evenings.












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Sir Chris Woodhead: The polarising figure who made Ofsted a force to be reckoned with

I always got on well with Sir Chris Woodhead. I respected him. Even as I write these words I can picture the hackles of some close friends in the teaching profession rising.










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Ofsted figures show ten areas where less than half of state secondaries are ‘good’ or better

Parents in ten areas of the country are unlikely to find a good state secondary school for their children, according to new figures.










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UTC Reading: College that demands smart pupils is well-suited to ‘outstanding’ Ofsted tag

A pioneering college which insists its pupils turn up in smart suits as if they were about to start work is being awarded “outstanding” status by inspectors today.










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Ofsted chief attacks schools that give pupils worksheets rather than books to take home

Schools that rely on dishing out worksheets to their pupils rather than textbooks or library books they can take home risk censure from inspectors, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.










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Ofsted must focus on how ‘well rounded’ pupils are and not just exam results, says CBI chief

Inspections should concentrate on whether schools are producing “well rounded young people” rather than just exam results, the head of Britain’s business community has said.










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Ofsted tells a third of free schools to improve

Nearly one in three free schools are failing to deliver a good standard of education, according to official figures.









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Angry Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw hits back at local authorities

The chief inspector of schools has clashed with council leaders, accusing them of “Ofsted bashing” to detract from their own failures in overseeing education.









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