Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our 55 Failing Schools ...Named and Shamed; HEAD WARNS LONDON IS RELYING ON INEXPERIENCED YOUNG TEACHERS AND SUPPLY STAFF

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our 55 Failing Schools ...Named and Shamed; HEAD WARNS LONDON IS RELYING ON INEXPERIENCED YOUNG TEACHERS AND SUPPLY STAFF

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Byline: DOMINIC HAYES

THE full list of London's failing schools can be revealed for the first time today.

The Standard has obtained the complete roll call of the capital's 55 state schools told by Ofsted to improve or face closure.

We revealed new figures yesterday which showed London has a much worse failure rate than other parts of the country.

And today's detailed breakdown of poor performance in London shows schools in leafy suburbs are just as likely to contain a poor primary or comprehensive as the inner city.

While some inner London boroughs - especially Southwark - have an acute problem with large numbers of schools on the sick list, the same is also true of fringe authorities like Barnet and Enfield.

Of the 55 put in "special measures" by Ofsted at the start of the current school year, 32 were primaries, 18 secondaries, two special schools and one was a Pupil Referral Unit, to which children-who have been expelled are Today, headteachers warned that London schools will continue to fail unless they get more money to recruit experienced staff.

Tim Benson, the leader of the National Association of Head Teachers in London said: " Children in London are disadvantaged by having poor schools because they can't get the teachers they deserve."

London have been forced to rely on inexperienced young teachers and temporary supply staff for years, he said. Soaring living costs in the capital and the difficulty of dealing with the high levels of bad behaviour mean that experienced teachers often move to other parts of England when they want to settle down and have a family, Mr Benson went on.

The proportion of London schools in the failure category is 2.3 per cent, the highest in England. Only Yorkshire and Humbersideat 2 per cent, came close.

A Barnet Council spokeswoman said: "Four schools have been removed this year and no new ones have been placed in special measures. This is a fantastic achievement and due to the hard work and commitment of our staff, parents, governors and pupils."

A spokeswoman for Education Secretary Ruth Kelly's Department for Education and Skills said: "London schools face a combination of challenges and that is why the government is investing in programmes like London Challenge and Excellence in Cities. …

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