Memorandum from Professor Audrey Osler,
University of Leicester (SQE 05)
OFSTED SCHOOL INSPECTIONS
1. The 1999-2000 Annual Report of HMCI has
a stronger race equality focus than the 1998-99 report. In particular,
it reports on EMAG and on the need for schools to address racial
harassment. It also identifies which ethnic minority communities
are achieving at less than "satisfactory levels of attainment".
However, there is little reported on the contributions of the
various curriculum subjects to the goal of racial equality. It
would be interesting to ascertain whether OFSTED inspections are
actually reporting on this.
2. Although schools are now asked to report
on the number of exclusions by ethnic group over the past 12 months
the Annual Report does not address this issue in depth.
3. It remains a concern that in the parents'
pre-inspection questionnaire (see page 31 of the Report) that
there is reference to a wide range of issues but parents are not
routinely asked about equality issues. (They are asked about the
quality of school management but HMCI does not report on this.)
4. The Annual Report of HMCI has a number
of omissions. In particular, it does not address race equality
issues in special schools, where many of the most vulnerable pupils
are educated. We are not told what percentage of reports fail
to mention race equality concerns, nor are we provided with details
on the number of schools which fail to monitor attainment by ethnicity.
We do however, learn from the report that about one third of LEAs
do not have this data (page 37 of the Report, paragraph 64).
Professor Audrey Osler