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FIRST REPORTS ON FAILING SCHOOLS PUBLISHED

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Education Secretary John Patten today expressed very serious concern about the first two schools to be identified u...
Education Secretary John Patten today expressed very serious concern about the first two schools to be identified under the new system of inspection to be failing to give their pupils an acceptable standard of education. Both schools and the Local Education Authorities have been asked to produce an action plan, by the beginning of February, detailing how they intend to put things right.

Mr Patten said: I have read with very serious concern the inspection reports issued today by HMI on Crook Primary School, Durham and Brookside Special School, Derby. All our pupils deserve nothing less than an acceptable standard of education.

'These are the first reports under the 1993 Act which provides for special measures where a school is failing. I will look very closely at the action plans when I receive them in the new year.'
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