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%
All data and tables available in the Annual Report PDF.