The BBC is reporting that thousands of bright pupils, especially those from poor backgrounds, are still being denied the chance to fulfil their potential.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, said that despite the education watchdog’s efforts to stretch the brightest children, little progress has been made in England’s schools.
“Thousands of our most able secondary-age children are still not doing as well as they should be in the non-selective state sector where the vast majority of them are educated.”
He said that last year, 27% of previously high-attaining pupils had failed to even achieve the minimum expected progress – a grade B in both English and maths at GCSE.
“These figures reflect the lack of ambition our inspectors still find in many secondary schools,” he said.
He continued: “What is most depressing is that the brightest children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the most likely not to achieve their full potential.”
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