Too many pupils in the early years of secondary school are being failed, as resources are skewed towards the upper age groups, according to Ofsted. Pupils who leave primary school keen and confident to learn all too often stall when they start secondary, England’s schools inspectorate says. It urges head teachers to make this phase of schooling, known as Key Stage 3, more of a priority.
Schools focus on GCSE and A-level years because of their importance, heads say. The Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Brian Lightman said: “Schools have no choice but to focus more of their resources in this direction, while balancing this demand against the need to give 11- to 14-year-olds a good foundation at secondary level.”
The new Ofsted report – Key Stage 3: The wasted years? – explores whether students are given enough support to make a good start at secondary school.
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