Guidance

Are the most able students doing as well as they should in our secondary schools?

Ofsted report asking why many of the brightest students at non-selective maintained secondary schools or academies don't achieve their potential.

Documents

The most able students

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The most able students report summary

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Detail

This Ofsted survey was commissioned to investigate why many of the brightest students in secondary schools fail to achieve their potential compared with students who attend many of our grammar schools and independent schools.

The report also looks at how the brightest students make decisions about university applications and what support they need to be successful.

The report’s findings are 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 summarises the evidence from field visits to 41 non-selective secondary schools during which the following aspects were evaluated: achievement; leadership; transition between schools; the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; the curriculum; extension activities; and support and guidance