National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

June 2007

1) Survey Middle School Inspections Your experiences

Were your Ofsted team willing to consider the full range of assessment and tracking data available in the school or would they only consider the published KS2 results?

The Steering Committee have received anecdotal reports suggesting a wide variation in practice between Ofsted teams. Some will only consider CVA based on SATs data others seem open to a discussion on the wider evidence of progress available in the school.

In order to collect the evidence we would need if we are to discuss this issue with Ofsted, the schools that have been inspected under the new framework should receive a short questionnaire.

It should only take a few minutes to complete and should not require you to look anything up.

If you have been inspected since September 2005 and have not received a questionnaire please email me and I will send you a copy.

We hope to present the findings at the National Conference.

2)  Outcomes of middle school inspections

I have revised the analysis of middle school inspection outcomes to include all middle schools inspected under the new framework to the end of May 2007. The report and associated data file are available to download from the website:

3) National Conference 2007 Have you booked your place?

Now is the time to book your place at our conference if you have not already done so.


This is an important moment for middle schools as we celebrate 40 years since the publication of the influential Plowden Report and look to the future.


National College for School Leadership, Nottingham


October 15th to 17th 2007


Building on our strengths


Leadership in the middle Years


Confirmed key speakers include:


Steve Munby - Chief Executive - National College for School Leadership 

Toby Salt - Strategic Director NCSL, School Leadership Development

Mick Waters Director of Curriculum QCA


For further details, and to download a booking form, please click this link:

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511