'Good' is the minimum standard Ofsted expects from schools

 Ofsted News, August 2012, describes the new standard for school inspection as follows:

"The new school inspection framework is designed not only to raise expectations and focus on the importance of teaching, but to help a school provide a good or outstanding education. Although much of the inspection process remains the same, there will be an increased emphasis on the progress of pupils, especially disadvantaged pupils; reading, literacy and mathematics; teaching and the management of performance to improve it; and leadership and governance. Key changes are below.

  • Schools will be given a shorter notice of inspection and will be telephoned the afternoon before their inspection starts. This will help inspectors see schools as they really are while giving headteachers and governors the opportunity to be present at the inspection. At the point of inspection, parents will be asked to feed their views on the school through to the inspection team mainly by using Ofsted's online ‘Parent View’ facility.
  • Inspectors will be using the new ‘requires improvement’ grade, which replaces the previous grade of ‘satisfactory’.
  • Our new inspection reports will be easier for parents and others to read, including a one-page summary of the main strengths and weaknesses at the beginning of each report."