Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
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Federated schools see improved outcomes – Ofsted
In a survey of federations where schools have joined together to raise standards, improvements have been seen in the three key areas of teaching and learning, behaviour and pupils’ achievement, according to a report launched by Ofsted today.
Federation means that leadership arrangements are shared by more than one school. The report ‘Leadership of more than one school. An evaluation of the impact of federated schools’, looked at a sample of schools federated under one governing body and, in most cases, sharing an executive headteacher.
There was an improvement in outcomes in all the federations visited during the survey. In each case, federation contributed to this. The report recommends that schools entering a federation should make sure there is a sharp focus on the benefits to pupils’ education.