Schools failing poorer pupils

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, claims schools are failing their poorest pupils, particularly in the East of England.

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Schools criticised for 'coasting'

The education watchdog Ofsted that's declared it will tackle the problem of under-performing schools in the East.

The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised schools - including some in Norwich and Kettering - for 'coasting' and says it won't allow children to be failed any more.

In a speech today he gave a damning verdict on our region, asking why education is so dire in much of Norfolk and why East Anglia has so few National Leaders of Education.Matthew Hudson reports.

Ofsted chief questions "dire" Norfolk education

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw asks why so many Norfolk schools are dire. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a hard-hitting speech on school standards the Chief Inspector of the education watchdog Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has questioned why education is so dire in much of Norfolk.

He said:

"Why is education so dire in much of Norfolk? Why does East Anglia have so few National Leaders of Education?

"This is not good enough. I make no apologies for directing inspections towards schools that are anything less than good. They require improvement and we shall visit and revisit them until they do.

_"These coasting schools are not just those in coastal isolation. They are equally to be found in Kettering and Wokingham, Norwich and Newbury.

"The pattern of underachievement is particularly evident in a swathe of the country down the East and South-east of England."

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