The Guardian is reporting claims from the Labour Party that approximately 17,000 more children attend inadequate free schools and academies than attend inadequate local authority schools.
Approximately 17,000 more children attend inadequate free schools and academies than attend inadequate local authority schools, the Labour party has said.
The data found that 3.9% (104,652) of children attending free schools and academies are at institutions judged inadequate by Ofsted – the lowest inspection rating a school can be given – compared to 1.8% (87,668) of those attending maintained schools…
The shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell, said the government was taking standards backwards and “focusing obsessively on school structures at the expense of what matters most in our classrooms – the quality of teaching”…
“I want a relentless focus on standards in all schools and nothing is more important to raising standards and improving social mobility than having excellent teachers in our schools,” said Powell.
“Yet while David Cameron continues to be fixated on whether a school is an academy or not, he is continuing to ignore the serious challenges facing our education system, such as the chronic shortages of teachers up and down the country.”
I’m not sure how valid these figures are in isolation when surely we need to consider, for example, how a school was rated when it became an academy, but does Lucy Powell make a valid point about David Cameron and the Conservatives focussing too much on a school’s structure?
Although, if that is the case, isn’t this a bit of pot and kettle, with many of Lucy Powell’s early policy statements doing so to a similar degree, albeit from the opposite viewpoint?
Anything you would add to these figures and comments from labour?
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