'I have asked my officials for a full report on the failing schools by Friday, which I will consider over the weekend. We will then look at what options we have for taking action. Education achievement will be the hallmark of this government. As the minister responsible for driving up standards, I am determined to get to grips with the issue of failing schools early on.
'We have made clear our position and our mandate confirms that people back us on this - there must be zero tolerance of underperformance. For those schools which are unable to improve, we will close them and order a fresh start. Good schools which coexist with the bad will be brought in to support them and set the underperforming school on a new path. We will not shrink back from tough decisions - the future
'It is also equally clear that the vast majority of failing schools are firmly on the road to improvement. These schools will be encouraged and supported right from the start to continue this improvement. The government will do everything it can to help these
There are 281 failing schools - 2 are Nursery; 169 Primary (2 are GM); 60 Secondary (6 are GM); 48 Special (1 GM); 2 Pupil Referral Unit.