Research and analysis

The most able students: examining failure to achieve

Ofsted survey report investigating why many of the most able students from non-selective schools fail to achieve their potential.

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The most able students

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The most able students report summary

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Detail

This Ofsted survey report investigates why many of the brightest students who go to non-selective maintained secondary schools or academies fail to achieve their potential compared with students who attend many of our grammar schools and independent schools. It also looks at how these students make decisions about university applications and what support they need to be successful.

The findings are presented in two parts.

The first considers published evidence of the achievement and progress of the most able students in the state non-selective secondary school sector.

The second part summarises the evidence from the field visits to 41 non-selective secondary schools. During these visits the following aspects were evaluated:

  • achievement
  • leadership
  • transition between schools
  • the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • the curriculum
  • extension activities
  • support and guidance