Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI to the Secretary of State for Education on school inspections in Birmingham and Tower Hamlets.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has today (14 July 2015) written to the Secretary of State for Education to provide an up-to-date assessment of progress in all 21 Birmingham schools and 7 Tower Hamlets schools subject to targeted inspections last year.
In addition the note details concerns from the inspectorate regarding the potentially high numbers of pupils whose names are being deleted from school admissions registers without either the schools or the local authorities having an accurate understanding of where those pupils have gone.
HMCI commissioned inspectors to undertake a series of unannounced inspections and meet with local authority representatives to assess whether the systems for recording and tracking the onward destination of pupils who leave school at points other than the usual transition date are sufficiently robust. The schools inspected in this exercise did not, for the most part, include those involved in the original inspections.