Speaking on Thursday at the Wellington College Festival of Education in Berkshire, Ms Spielman said there is “no doubt” that schools in white working class communities have a “harder job to do than others”.
Many of the challenges in white working class areas lie with the over capacity of the school and recruitment issues, sparse teachers to mounting numbers of pupils, mixed with a lack of care from pupils parents. Full or often over capacity of a school can cause budgets to be spread so thinly that not all areas can be covered. Larger classrooms cause higher workloads for teachers and more pressure, support for children with additional needs are harder to meet and this is sometimes reflected in the Ofsted reports.
She noted: “We can’t pretend that Ofsted judgements are not lower in certain areas – many of them with a high proportion of white working class children.