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ENGLISH SECONDARY EDUCATION REPORT - GOOD PROGRESS BUT MUST DO BETTER - BYERS

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Commenting on the OFSTED Secondary Education review, school ...
Commenting on the OFSTED Secondary Education review, school

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

congratulated for the part they have played.

'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.'

NOTES

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.

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