AN estimated 210,000 children in England are being educated in “stuck” schools, according to an Ofsted report.
The education regulator defines these as schools that have been ranked “Inadequate” or “Requires Improvement” for the past 13 years.
“In some pockets of the country, two whole cohorts of children have gone through all their primary or all their secondary school life without ever attending a good school,” the report says.
This is a national scandal — or should be.
The education reforms initiated by Michael Gove ten years ago have been so successful, it’s easy to overlook the rump of schools that are still failing our children.
Eighty-six per cent of England’s schools are now ranked “Good” or “Outstanding” by Ofsted, up from 68 per cent in 2010. But that still leaves 14 per cent that aren’t up to scratch.
If Boris Johnson is serious about keeping faith with those voters who “lent” the Conservatives their vote at the election, he needs to make improving these schools a priority. (To read more, click here.)