The number of schools rated Good and Excellent in Sussex has been announced.
Nine out of ten schools in East Sussex were rated good or excellent when they were last inspected, figures show.
The latest Ofsted data shows that 23 government schools in the region were rated excellent and 149 good as at 31 December – 91 per cent of the 188 that had received an inspection up to that point.
This was down from 94 percent in December 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.
But it means the rate in the region is 87 per cent higher than the whole of England.
In West Sussex almost nine out of ten schools were rated good or excellent when they were last inspected.
The latest Ofsted data shows that 29 state schools in the region were rated excellent and 219 good as at 31 December – 87 per cent of the 286 that had received an inspection up to that point.
This was unchanged from December 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.
And it means the rate in the region is the same as across England.
The proportion of schools rated as good or excellent nationally is the highest since comparable records began in 2010, but varied significantly between local authorities.
All 60 schools in London’s Camden borough were good or excellent, compared with just 71 per cent in Doncaster in the north-east.
Inspectors rate schools on categories such as quality of instruction, personal development and well-being, effectiveness of leadership, and student achievement.
or pending are generally reviewed every four years.
Figures show that between 2019-20 and 2021-22 due to the pandemic, just 2,400 schools in England were inspected – fewer than would be assessed in a typical school year.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said this was a temporary problem but warned the real problem was the inspection system itself.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the ASCL, said: “Schools in disadvantaged communities are more likely to receive negative reviews than schools in affluent areas as these areas often have more difficulty recruiting the staff needed to support students who are may be facing significant problems and challenges in their own lives.”
He said it’s a “vicious circle” in which negative Ofsted ratings stigmatize schools and make improvement even more difficult.
He added: “The government needs to reform the inspection system to make it more supportive and less punitive, improve education funding and work with the sector to encourage teacher recruitment and retention.”
Schools in need of improvement are re-inspected within 30 months, while those found to be good are re-inspected
Of the 172 schools in East Sussex rated as good or better, 136 were primary schools and 23 were secondary schools.
There were also 12 special schools and one substitute school with the grade “good” or “excellent”.
Of the 248 schools in West Sussex rated good or better, four were nursery schools, 195 were primary schools and 35 were secondary schools.
In addition, there were 12 special schools and two schools with alternative support programs that were rated “good” or “excellent”.
The Department of Education said inspections provide an independent and comprehensive assessment of schools, which is helpful for both teachers and parents.
A spokeswoman added additional funding would allow Ofsted to inspect all schools between summer 2021 and summer 2025 to get a full picture of post-pandemic education.
Ofsted declined to comment.
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