In England as a whole 80% of schools were good or better at their last inspection. 18% were judged Satisfactory/Requires Improvement and 3% were Inadequate, provisional management information from Ofsted
dated February 2014 reveals.
London had the greatest proportion of good and outstanding schools: 86% were good or better and 2% were Inadequate.
The South East had the smallest proportion of good and outstanding schools (77%) with 3% inadequate. This was closely matched by the East Midlands which had 78% good and outstanding school and 3% inadequate ones.
Durham, part of which (East Durham) was criticised by Education Secretary Michael Gove last year when he said the air was full of the “sense of defeatism
”, had 86% good or outstanding schools and just 1% inadequate.
Northamptonshire, criticised on 24 March by Michael Gove
for having low education standards in the past, had 1% fewer good or better schools (79%) than leafy Surrey where Gove is MP. But perhaps Northamptonshire’s “low education standards” referred to last year’s exam results. It’s true the proportion of Northamptonshire 11 year-olds reaching Level 4 in Key Stage 2 Sats was 3% lower than the national average of 75% and the proportion of 16 year-olds (58.1%) reaching the benchmark* was marginally below the national average for all schools (59.2%). But whether these figures could be described as “low education standards” is debatable.
But Gove told the Commons “reform always needs to be driven by evidence. That principle governs every single decision the coalition Government make.”
Odd, then, that the evidence often seems to contradict what Gove and his department say.
reveals how Gove tried to limit fall out from failing free schools here
. Leaked document laid down how to 'step in fast to cut political damage'.
*The benchmark is 5+ GCSEs (or equivalent) A*-C including Maths and English.