One Third of Secondary Schools 'Failing Pupils'

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One Third of Secondary Schools 'Failing Pupils'


Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia

OFSTED today claims a third of the North East's secondary schools are failing our pupils.

In its annual report, the education watchdog identified some improvement in the region, but much remains to be done.

The poor performance of secondary schools remains the region's biggest problem.

A third of the region's secondary schools students still do not attend schools that are good or better.

Secondary school remains the lowest of all the regions and trails 9% behind the national level.

In fact, standards of literacy and numeracy at the age of 16 are among the lowest in England.

However, in some areas, notably North Tyneside, school performance has improved rapidly with 98% of primary school pupils attending good or outstanding schools and 88% of pupils attending good or better secondary schools - a rise of 17% from 2013.

Ian Grayson, North Tyneside Council's cabinet member for children, young people and learning said: "Our success and continued improvement is a result of the excellent collaboration - we have a really strong partnership that involves schools and their head teachers, the council and its school improvement service, national and local leaders."

Inequality in the achievement of the region's 200,000 disadvantaged children and young people has remained a blot on its educational landscape for too long, according to Ofsted.

Outcomes for this group are typically poor from early years through to age 19.

Nick Hudson, Ofsted director for North East, said: "The North East is the strongest region nationally, with 90% of primary schools rated good or better.

"But secondary schools are lagging behind their primary colleagues and that's a big cause for concern.

"Secondary schools are not building on primary successes. They are not making the most of the quality of pupils that are coming through.

"This is largely linked to poor and inconsistent leadership within schools."

For disadvantaged children on free school meals, huge gaps of 30% or more are evident between them and their more advantaged peers in relation to attaining at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths. …

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