HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual report: the key points

The latest Ofsted Annual Report published by Sir Michael Wilshaw this week has made many headlines – from a North-South divide in primary and secondary education, to giving teachers ‘golden handcuff’ payouts in a bid to tackle recruitment and retention problems.

Below is a summary of all things relevant to North East schools from the 2015 Ofsted Annual Report.

A divided nation after the age of 11

  • 410,000 children in the North and Midlands attend a secondary school that is less than good;
  • of the 173 failing secondary schools in the country, 130 are in the North and Midlands.

The North East illustrates this concern more clearly than any other region

  • 90% of primary schools in the North East are good or outstanding;
  • nine of the region’s LA areas “can this year boast higher than average proportions” of pupils gaining Level 4 or above at Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths combined;
  • almost 1/3 of secondary schools are less than good – they are attended by around 40,000 pupils.


Primary & secondary performance by area (% of pupils in good or outstanding schools):

Darlington: 89% | 69%

Durham: 91% | 78%

Gateshead: 91% | 84%

Hartlepool: 88% | 48%

Middlesbrough: 82% | 54%

Newcastle upon Tyne: 97% | 86%

North Tyneside: 99% | 87%

Northumberland: 88% | 55%

Redcar & Cleveland: 84% | 78%

South Tyneside: 92% | 92%

Stockton-on-Tees: 92% | 52%

Sunderland: 89% | 71%


Other tables




All data and tables available in the Annual Report PDF.


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