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Research and analysis
The most able students: an update on progress since June 2013
This report looks at how well secondary schools are supporting their most able students in response to the recommendations in Ofsted’s 2013 report.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector commissioned an up-to-date assessment of the progress made by schools since Ofsted’s report ‘The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?’ (2013). That report made clear that too few schools set high enough expectations of what these students can achieve.
Ofsted’s findings demonstrate that too little has been done by schools to address the concerns raised in the previous report. In other words, our most able students in non-selective schools are still not being challenged to achieve the highest levels of scholarship. However, this report also recognises examples of good practice that prove the barriers to high achievement, especially for the disadvantaged most able students, can be overcome.