Advice note on academies and maintained schools in Birmingham

Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to the Secretary of State for Education on school inspections in Birmingham.


Advice note provided on academies and maintained schools in Birmingham to the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

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Her Majesty’s Inspectors carried out inspections of 21 schools in Birmingham between 5 March 2014 and 1 May 2014. All of the schools that were inspected are publicly funded and none is a faith school.

All of the schools were inspected under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. Fifteen of these schools were inspected at the request of the Secretary of State. Six were inspected because of Ofsted’s concerns about the effectiveness of safeguarding and leadership and management in these schools.

This advice note draws on evidence from all 21 inspections and meetings that were held with lead inspectors, headteachers, professional associations and representatives from Birmingham City Council.