Ofsted Chief Inspector launches her second Annual Report on state of education and children’s care in England

This year’s annual report finds the overall quality of education and care in England is improving, but more action is needed to support the children being left behind.

There is a group of young people who seem to have the deck stacked against them. I often liken the path through education to a slope. For affluent and high ability children the slope is, in general, fairly shallow, and the path to reaching their potential only moderately challenging. For others from poorer backgrounds, who face challenges in the home, or who struggle with learning, the gradient is steeper and the path is harder. Our job as education and care professionals is to reduce that gradient, to make that path shallower.

And perhaps the most important thing we can do to reduce that gradient is to get the basics right.

Other areas of concern highlighted in the Annual Report