Supplementary memorandum submitted by
I was grateful for the opportunity to appear
before Members and give evidence last month. The Committee's scrutiny
is a key accountability mechanism for Ofsted, and I welcome the
chance to respond to questions and present our view.
During the proceedings I was asked by Karen
Buck for information on the way deprivation and socio-economic
profiling is measured (questions 137 to 140). I added a note of
clarification to the Committee's corrected transcript of proceedings,
explaining that Ofsted uses the combination of free school meal
eligibility, and the degree of deprivation associated with pupils'
postcode. This information about eligibility for free school meals
and pupil postcode is gathered by the Department for Children,
School and Families through the School Census, whilst the degree
of deprivation is calculated using the IDACI, an Index of Multiple
Deprivation produced by the Department of Communities and Local
Government. As such, both methods of determining deprivation under
the new framework are associated with the children attending a
particular school, rather than the location the school is in.
Christine Gilbert CBE
HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services