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Amanda Spielman said Ofsted would try not to be ‘biased’ against schools in poorer areas

Amanda Spielman said Ofsted would try not to be ‘biased’ against schools in poorer areas

Working class communities often lack the aspiration of migrant families because they have borne the brunt of ‘economic dislocation’, the head of Ofsted said yesterday.

Amanda Spielman said a lack of ambition in many regional towns was the reason for schools in those areas under-performing.

She said this may be because the areas had been left behind by the prosperity of London and the South East – which incidentally also have large migrant populations. However, she hit back at those who claim these schools should be shown leniency from Ofsted, saying she would continue to inspect ‘without fear or favour’.

Speaking at the Wellington College Festival of Education in Berkshire yesterday, Mrs Spielman said research from the regulator had shown some areas had worse-rated schools than others.

‘We can’t pretend that Ofsted judgments are not lower in certain areas – many of them with a high proportion of white working class children. But that shouldn’t surprise us. Over the past few years, there has been a long overdue debate about white working class communities in England, and why they have fallen behind.

‘We are having to grapple with the unhappy fact that many local working class

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