School improvement proposals outlined

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Michael Gove has written to local authorities and academy sponsors asking for their plans to improve schools below the floor standards in their area.

The new floor standards for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4, set out in the white paper last year, set a higher absolute level of attainment below which no school should fall. The minimum standards include:

  • A  secondary school will be below the floor if fewer than 35 per cent of pupils achieve the standard of five GCSEs with grades A*-C including English and mathematics, and fewer pupils than the national average make the expected levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 in English and mathematics.
  • A primary school will be below the floor if fewer than 60 per cent of pupils achieve the standard of Level 4 in both English and mathematics at Key Stage 2, and fewer pupils than the national average make the expected levels of progress between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in English and mathematics.

Dr Elizabeth Sidwell, the new Schools Commissioner, said: "Whilst there are many excellent schools in the country, the tail of underperformance is a long and depressing blight on our education system.

"I want to work with local authorities to come up with robust plans to tackle underperformance, brokering academy solutions and helping all schools to become excellent.

"Children do not get a second chance for a good school education, and so I will not hesitate to challenge local authorities or academy sponsors where standards are not good enough."

Local authorities have been given until 15th April to respond.

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