standards minister Stephen Byers said: 'The improvement in standards
identified in the report is to be welcomed. Head teachers,
teachers, parents, children and governors deserve to be
'Whilst good progress is being made, we must do better if we are
to offer all our children access to high quality education. There
are no grounds for complacency.
'One of the most worrying aspects of the report is the way in
which schools with comparable intakes perform very differently.
This government believes there must be no hiding place for
under-achievement which is why we will ensure that every secondary
school has its own targets for achievement at 16.
'It is also a matter of great concern that some 360 secondary
schools have significant weaknesses'.
Mr Byers stressed: 'The government has shown clear resolve to
tackle failing schools. We must now act on those schools with
significant weaknesses. We shall shortly be publishing our proposals.
'Good quality education must not be left to chance. It should
be a right not a lottery.'
1. The OFSTED report stems from the inspection of over half a million
lessons over the four-year period, the most comprehensive analysis of
secondary education ever carried out in any country.
2. The inspections covered 3,594 maintained secondary schools in
England, containing over million pupils.