Schools struggle with low rankings in league tables

Echo: Schools struggle with low rankings in league tables Schools struggle with low rankings in league tables

SOUTH Essex has two of the worst performing local authorities, with a low percentage of their pupils attending good schools, Ofsted has revealed.

According to the school regulator, 40 per cent of Southend’s primary schools are not ranked either good or outstanding – and require improvement.

Only five authorities posted worse results, including Thurrock – which is ranked 148 out of 150 councils – with 41 per cent of its primaries deemed below standard by the education watchdog.

James Courtenay, councillor responsible for education at Southend Council, said: “Since I’ve been in my post I remember we had schools that were ranked all as good, so in some respects we’re the victims of our own success.

“The only way is down from there.

“I’m not making excuses either, but Ofsted has changed the categories and it’s widely accepted across the board it has got harsher.

“Our challenge now is to make sure our schools improve.

“We’re putting schools into clusters to ensure good schools are pairing up with others to help narrow the gap.”

Last year’s bottom two authorities – Coventry and Derby – saw an increase in the percentage of pupils at good or outstanding schools by 22 per cent and 26 per cent respectively–more than double the rate of improvement in Thurrock.

But the figures for secondary schools in both authorities are rosier.

Just eight per cent of Thurrock’s secondary schools are not ranked as good, while that figure is 32 per cent in Southend.

Countywide, just 30 per cent of its primaries are deemed inadequate, while 28 per cent of its secondaries are deemed to be not good enough.

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11:11am Fri 13 Dec 13

heartbeat says...

James Courtenay, councillor responsible for education at Southend Council, said: “Since I’ve been in my post I remember we had schools that were ranked all as good, so in some respects we’re the victims of our own success.

“The only way is down from there.

Errr, with that kind of attitude no wonder kids are being failed! Southend's Councillor responsible for Education said "The only way (from good) is down..." whatever happened to aspiring to raise the standard from good to outstanding??" Yeah, equal chances for all my a@@e!
James Courtenay, councillor responsible for education at Southend Council, said: “Since I’ve been in my post I remember we had schools that were ranked all as good, so in some respects we’re the victims of our own success. “The only way is down from there. Errr, with that kind of attitude no wonder kids are being failed! Southend's Councillor responsible for Education said "The only way (from good) is down..." whatever happened to aspiring to raise the standard from good to outstanding??" Yeah, equal chances for all my a@@e! heartbeat

11:59am Sat 14 Dec 13

Jasas says...

or ...as they say... nothing has changed, policies and procedures are the same...
or

OFSTED - Fail school
School... Sack Head
Government - Make School Academy
OFSTED - Rate School as Good/outstanding

Job Done.......
or ...as they say... nothing has changed, policies and procedures are the same... or OFSTED - Fail school School... Sack Head Government - Make School Academy OFSTED - Rate School as Good/outstanding Job Done....... Jasas

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