WHAT does a school have to do in order to gain the coveted Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’?

It is rare to find a parent brave enough to lift the lid. To protect her from reprisals I have excluded the name of the parent who sent me this message. Draw your own conclusions.

Just a quick query: I live in the North West and my child goes to a primary school that has not had an Ofsted inspection since 2009, due to it being ‘outstanding’ continuously previously.

However, my child is almost nine and still can’t hold a pen (he could in pre school but lost the habit in school bizarrely). The school is consistently sending information about LGBT and transgender, and was doing lessons at age six on the American civil rights issues and racism. It wasn’t age appropriate – all it did was upset him as he thought something was going to happen to his Dad as his Dad has a tan! I am finding it all very bizarre because I can’t work out how far behind my son is nationally for his age group and what the chances are of ever catching up when he is being educated in these circumstances.

Can you let me know if this is part of the DFE curriculum or a school choice. Thank you in advance.

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Chris McGovern
Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.