Unspun data

Now that SATs are being marked and moderated, we thought it would be a good time to give you an update on how Elliot Academies are faring with OFSTED. A number of ‘league tables’ have been published in the last couple of weeks, which rated the Elliot Foundation as one of the best primary sponsors in the country. And whilst we are very grateful to The Times and the LGA, we think that their approaches might have been flawed or at least left out additional contextual information, which we thought we’d share to allow you to make your own decision.

To date there have been 14 OFSTED inspections of Elliot schools. Of these 11 were of sponsored academies and 3 were converters. This leaves 8 of our 22 open academies as yet to be inspected by OFSTED. Within the national data sets schools that convert to academy status get to keep their OFSTED grading where sponsored academies have theirs wiped clean. Some maintain that this favours academies when compared with LA maintained schools.

So, in the table above, we have only included those of our schools that have been inspected ‘as an academy’. The rest are considered as not yet inspected.

When considering this data it is best to keep in mind:

  • The law of small numbers: which essentially says that it is much easier to be a big fish in a small pond

  • Regression to the mean: which explains that things that are below average will tend to get better and things that better than average will tend to get worse

Despite these caveats we are pleased to note that:

  • 91% of Elliot sponsored academies inspected to date have been judged good or better

  • 42% of all Elliot OFSTED inspections to date have been outstanding

  • This is more than three times the national average for academies

  • And more than two and a half times the national average for all schools

  • All this despite being three times more deprived than the national average primary school

We have always been proud of our children, teachers and school leaders. But it would appear that OFSTED is beginning to agree with us.

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