Region still lags behind in Ofsted tables

Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw
Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw
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PARENTS in Yorkshire are less likely to be able to send their child to a good school than those anywhere else in the country, according to the latest figures.

Inspection watchdog Ofsted has revealed that the region continues to have the lowest proportion of schools in England which it judges to be good or outstanding.

Schools can be rated as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

New figures show that at the end of March four per cent of schools , 71 in total, in Yorkshire were rated as inadequate.

Another 492, 23 per cent of all schools, were rated as requiring improvement. This means 27 per cent of schools in the county are currently rated as being less than good. This is worse than any other Government region in England. The national average is 20 per cent of schools.

Last year Ofsted produced its first ever regional reports giving an overview of school standards in different parts of the country. It revealed the region had one of the lowest number of good primary schools as well as the worst secondary schools in the country – with pupils from the poorest homes most at risk of being left behind.

It also warned there are “unacceptably large” variations of standards within the region – with nine out of 10 pupils in York attending good or outstanding secondary schools compared with around two in 10 in Barnsley.

The latest tables showed Doncaster has the lowest level of good schools in Yorkshire. According to the latest figures 33 per cent of schools are in the requires improvement category and another seven per cent have been found to be inadequate.

It is followed by North East Lincolnshire, the East Riding, Sheffield and Wakefield where around a third of schools are less than good.

Ofsted have done targeted inspections of the support councils provide in the East Riding, Wakefield, Doncaster and North East Lincolshire as a result of its concerns over the proportion of good schools in these areas. The inspections consist of a series of school visits, an assessment of the council’s school improvement work and a survey of schools. Ofsted has created the role of regional directors to help drive improvements locally.

It classes the North East of England and Yorkshire as being one region and Nick Hudson was appointed to the director’s role last year. When the latest inspection figures are split up they show the North East had the highest proportion of schools judged to be good or outstanding in the country at their most recent inspection, while Yorkshire had the country’s lowest.