Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

More Schools to Be Judged as 'Failing'

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

More Schools to Be Judged as 'Failing'

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The number of primary schools below floor standards could rise by a fifth this year, TES can reveal, contradicting the impression given by education secretary Nicky Morgan.

The DfE will cap the number of schools missing the targets - partly based on this week's Sats results - but has disclosed that nearly 150 could fall below the standard.

The news will come as a shock to headteachers. Two weeks ago, Ms Morgan suggested any rise in the number of primaries judged to have failed would be in single figures.

"No more than 1 per cent more schools will be below the floor standards than last year," she told the NAHT headteachers' union annual conference.

Last year, there were 676 primary schools below the floor standard, so a rise of 1 per cent would mean six or seven more schools. …

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