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Do OFSTED inspections of secondary schools make a difference to GCSE results?

Shaw, I.; Newton, D.P.; Aitkin, M.; Darnell, R.


I. Shaw

M. Aitkin

R. Darnell


The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) aims to improve school performance through inspection. A government indicator of a secondary school's performance in England and Wales is the students' success in examinations. The examination results of over 3000 OFSTED inspected secondary schools offering students for General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination during the 1992 to 1997 inspection cycle were modelled statistically. For kinds of schools where achievement was already much higher or lower than the average (e.g. selective schools), inspection was associated with slight improvements in achievement. For county, local education authority maintained, comprehensive schools (the largest single group), inspection did not improve examination achievement. Some implications for school improvement are discussed.


Shaw, I., Newton, D., Aitkin, M., & Darnell, R. (2003). Do OFSTED inspections of secondary schools make a difference to GCSE results?. British Educational Research Journal, 29(1), 63-75.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2003-02
Deposit Date Jan 8, 2007
Journal British Educational Research Journal
Print ISSN 0141-1926
Electronic ISSN 1469-3518
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 1
Pages 63-75
Keywords Performance, Achievement, Improvement, Examination.
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