Various metrics can be employed to assess the performance of different types of schools. One comprehensive measure is the Ofsted inspection grade, which consolidates aspects such as leadership, behaviour, and quality of education into a single rating: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, or Inadequate.
This report compares Local Authority (LA)-maintained schools, academies, and free schools using the overall Ofsted inspection grade as the primary benchmark
The analysis is structured by:
1. Presenting the distribution of schools across each inspection grade by school type, further broken down by phase of education. We will also discuss the influence of grade inheritance on the distribution patterns of academies and free schools.
2. Examining rends in the proportion of schools achieving a Good or Outstanding grade by school type, considering the phase of education and the impact of grade inheritance.
3. Investigating the effects of academisation and grade inheritance on inspection grades compared to LA-maintained schools during the same time frame.
4. Lastly, analysing the changes in inspection grades for schools that initially shared the same rating, highlighting the outcomes with and without considering grade inheritance.