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Teachers: Training

Question for Department for Education

UIN 48451, tabled on 12 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools currently designated as teaching schools were rated (a) good, (b) requires improvement, (c) inadequate and (d) special measures at their most recent Ofsted inspection.

Answered on

17 October 2016

As of 13 October 2016 there were 755 designated teaching schools. These schools are publicly accessible via GOV.UK at the following address:

The table below details the number of teaching schools by sector and phase of education (a,b,c,e,g):

Teaching schools by sector and phase:

Nursery schools


Primary, Middle, Secondary, all-through and special


PRU and short-stay schools




Sixth Form Colleges




Of these 755 teaching schools, there are 425 academies or free schools (f) and 165 are faith schools (includes: Catholic, Christian, Church of England, Muslim, Roman Catholic) (d).

The table below shows the number of teaching schools rated as ‘good’ or below at their most recent Ofsted inspection:

Number of teaching schools split by most recent Ofsted judgement:



Requires improvement


Inadequate and special measures


When a teaching school is judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’ (or less than good) its designation is reviewed. The review considers the capacity and expertise of the teaching school to maintain its designation balanced against its track record.

The teaching school which is currently judged ‘requires improvement’ will be automatically de-designated in accordance with the published review of designation policy, which is available at:

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