Parents at the high-achieving St Marylebone Church of England school for girls, in central London, recently received a letter from the chair of governors suggesting a voluntary contribution of up to £50 a month. It has experienced a funding cut of almost £1m in four years, amounting to £867 less per pupil.

Today the Government published provisional key stage four results which showed how each school in the country performed in terms of GCSE and English Baccalaureate exams.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. It reports directly to Parliament and is both independent and impartial.

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Our list was last updated in January 2019 - for the most up-to-date results, see the Ofsted website.

In the poll, 57 per cent of the 911 teachers questioned said they believed pupils’ standards of behaviour have deteriorated since 2013.

They are then given a score above or below zero - scores above zero mean pupils made more progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

This figure increased to 54 per cent for teachers with six to 10 years’ experience and 62 per cent for teachers who have worked for 11 to 15 years.

Inspections last between one and two days and schools will get only one or two days' notice prior to the inspection.

Schools have been ranked on the Attainment 8 grading system for the second year after major changes were made to how exams are assessed.

This is particularly chastening when we consider that we live in a age when parents are demanding more and more from schools to whom they have handed over many of their traditional roles and responsibilities, most recently that of relationships and sex education, but also, importantly, in educating children about the internet when parents have dropped the bundle.

By law it must inspect schools with the aim of providing information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account.

Just under half of teachers who had been in the profession for up to five years believed classroom behaviour had got worse.

Should people get paid more to be head of year 9? That was the hot topic of conversation in my staff room before Christmas after someone mentioned that no one had applied for the head of year 9 job, which was advertised internally at a nearby school. In the end, someone took the job but only after negotiating a lot more money than was originally advertised.

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The average progress 8 score in Bexley was -0.04. Here is a full breakdown of how the schools ranked:

In this, pity the teachers who have been widely derided by the public, by legislation and hung out to dry by parents. Of all the threats facing teachers, one that has taken ever greater prominence in recent years, is that of their  own safety, whether from physical or verbal attacks.

An anonymous teacher discovered that being head of year 9 is seen as a poisoned chalice. When she investigated why, pupils described a time of harrowing change

Those deemed to be 'satisfactory' are inspected every three years. Those judged to be 'good' or 'outstanding' are inspected once in any five-year period.

On average, the staff cuts equate to 2.4 classroom teachers, 1.6 teaching assistants and 1.5 support staff in every secondary since 2015. The unions say the government’s new funding formula, which aims to distribute money more fairly across the sector, will not solve the problem without further significant investment.

I filled 17 pages of notes with their responses. Social media came up constantly. Year 9 is when things get “dark” on social media, they said, even though many weren’t supposed to be networking on these sites so young. I asked what they meant. “You know, like, Tumblr is all about depression. And you get obsessed with it. But it’s depression in this weird, glamorous way.” They expand: “Tumblr is only two things, Miss: beach and emotions. Beach is aspirational bikini pictures and emotions is just people expressing how bad they feel. And you can pick the music that is the backdrop.” Never having been on Tumblr I had no idea it had things about self-harm apparently set to music. I was entirely out of my depth.

The schools were categorised by their Progress 8 score, which measures results in up to eight qualifications, including English, maths, three sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other qualifications.

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Stepping back from the debate, it is undeniably true that falling standards of classroom discipline and the dilution of time in which teachers can actually teach are major impediments to learning and teaching, as well as being instrumental in driving large numbers of teachers from the profession. Above all else, schools should be about the quality of engagement and maximising teaching time and when a large proportion of lessons are given over to issues of classroom management rather than to teaching, it is invariably the students who will suffer. It is not more lesson time that is required, but more teaching time.

While its focus is on the academic success of pupils, with a particular interest in literacy and numeracy, Ofsted inspections also look at the way schools are managed, how teachers teach, the personal development of children, their welfare and behaviour.

The behaviour issue was most apparent in pupil-referral units - 89 per cent of teachers in PRUs said behaviour had got worse.

Late last year, several articles about Michaela Community School  appeared in the national press, prompting considerable debate. The school,  under the leadership of Head Teacher, Katharine Birbalsingh, has a reputation for its uncompromising stand on discipline. Her philosophy of education, outlined in the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michaela Way raised the hackles of libertarians, educationalists and parents up and down the country with the school’s ‘no excuses’ policy and its uncompromising insistence on standards described by her critics as the antithesis of what schools should be. Further, by stifling creativity and individuality, the school was described as a joyless throw-back to education in the Victorian age.

In independent schools, the figure was 34 per cent and at grammar schools it was 32 per cent.

Few things eat away at the wellbeing of staff more than a disruptive student. However, like so much guidance and dictat on education, the current consultation document yet again concentrates on the effects rather than the causes of the problem.  In the light of the new guidance, however, it is pertinent to ask why schools are not better supported in dealing with disruptive behaviour at an earlier point in the cycle, whether by extra staffing, legislation or other means.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Young Minds also runs a helpline for adults who are concerned about a young person, which is available on 0808 802 5544.

Getting Worse Secondary Schools

Just under a third (32 per cent) said that behaviour had not changed and only 7 per cent of teachers said that it had improved.

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An anonymous teacher discovered that being head of year 9 is seen as a poisoned chalice. When she investigated why, pupils described a time of harrowing change

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A total of 98 per cent of its students achieved 9-4 standard passes in English and maths, while 97 per cent gained five or more GCSEs at grade 4/C or above.

And it shows the majority of teachers are working in schools which have seen their budgets cut and class sizes increase.

Parents, also, need to think about what they want for their children before championing their often errant offspring.  The same ATL report of 2015, stated that Poor parental discipline is leading to children always wanting their way. Unable to discipline children without a comeback has meant this situation  . . .  will escalate and good teachers will be driven out when they are most needed.”