Latest ISER findings on impact of Ofsted covered by The Observer

  • Date

    Mon 20 May 19


The Observer reports that researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research have helped identify the potentially negative impact of a good Ofsted report on GCSE exam performance.

As GCSE exam season starts this week, new research has found a positive Ofsted rating can have a surprising negative impact on students.

Parents with kids in schools that received a better than expected Ofsted report are much more likely to reduce help with homework and this can have a damaging impact on GCSE results.

The ratings have the opposite effect on students who increase the time they spend studying after a good Ofsted rating, but the dramatic drop in help from their parents appears to be very damaging.

Students from schools who receive a positive report from Ofsted early in the academic year perform significantly worse than those who receive the same information closer to exam time.

Read the full story on the Institute for Social and Economic Research website

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