Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
Standards minister Stephen Byers today called for an urgent report from officials on failing schools. ...
Standards minister Stephen Byers today called for an urgent report from officials on failing schools.

He said:

'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

of our children is at stake.

'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

schools succeed.'

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.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.