According to ITV, classrooms in deprived areas are becoming a “dumping ground” for problem children, with hundreds of thousands of pupils in England spending their entire school careers in some of the worst-rated learning environments, an Ofsted inspection suggests.
Around 415 schools in England are described as “stuck” in a cycle of low performance, meaning they have not achieved a “good” or “outstanding” report by the watchdog since September 2006, despite having been inspected at least four times.
Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman said: “Stuck schools are facing a range of societal problems such as cultural isolation, a jobs market skewed towards big cities and low expectations from parents.
Ofsted spoke to one senior member of staff at a stuck school who said: “It was the ‘dumping ground’, seen as the ‘toilet of schools’, with under capacity.”
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