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Details are being released of how another £4 billion will be distributed between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships for building upgrades.
Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs. To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the longer-term funding certainty would allow people to "plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools".
"This announcement is a major step towards ensuring all children no matter what their background and no matter where they live have access to the best possible schools and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race," she said.
Ministers have announced that another 277 schools are to be repaired or rebuilt as part of a Government programme.
About £2 billion will be allocated to improve facilities under the Priority School Building Programme. It will bring the total helped so far to 537.
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Standards at schools could "go into reverse" unless improvements are made, the head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said the rate of improvement in many schools is "grinding to a halt", with 170,000 students still at schools rated inadequate - an increase of 70,000 from 2012.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the results of Wilshaw's third annual report was down to a tougher inspection regime.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
Thirteen areas across England have been named and shamed in a new Ofsted report for having the lowest number of students at 'good' or 'outstanding' secondary schools.
In the 13 local authority areas, children have a less than 50 per cent chance of attending one of the better secondaries - meaning more than half end up in schools which need improvement or which have been branded 'inadequate'.
These areas are:
- Tameside: 49% (up 3 points from last year)
- Middlesbrough: 48% (up 6pts)
- Barnsley: 48% (up 25pts)
- East Riding of Yorkshire: 46% (up 8pts)
- Stockton-on-Tees: 46% (down 16pts)
- Derbyshire: 42% (down 13pts)
- Bradford: 40% (down 8pts)
- Blackpool: 38% (down 8pts)
- Doncaster: 37% (down 6pts)
- Oldham: 36% (down 21pts)
- St Helens: 35% (down 12pts)
- Hartlepool: 35% (no change)
- Isle of Wight: 17% (up 3pts)
The report found that only six areas in the country could boast 100 per cent of secondary-age students attending the top schools, five of which are in London - Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster - along with Rutland in the East Midlands.
Poor behaviour from pupils is blighting the UK's secondary schools, Ofsted's chief inspector has warned - with almost half a million children sharing lessons with misbehaving classmates.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said too many secondaries were dealing with a "hubbub" of gossip, shouting out, using their phones and other disruptions which often made teaching almost impossible.
He found that of those schools inspected in the 2013/14 academic year, there was a seven per cent drop in the number where pupil behaviour was classed as 'good' or 'outstanding'.
This is unacceptable... Inspectors found far too many instances of pupils gossiping, calling out without permission, using their mobiles, being slow to start work or follow instructions, or failing to bring the right books or equipment to class.
While these are minor infractions in themselves, cumulatively they create a hubbub of interference that makes teaching and learning difficult and sometimes impossible.
His latest report adds that schools were often failing to challenge their brightest pupils, with a "worrying lack of scholarship" and teachers' expectations "too low" to match their students' abilities.
The Department for Education has defended standards at secondary schools across the country, saying there had been "incredible improvements" over the past few years.
It comes after Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw criticised performance as "not good enough".
In a report released today, Sir Michael said the proportion of secondaries rated as 'inadequate' had risen dramatically over the past 12 months.
But a DfE spokesman said Ofsted's tougher new inspections were behind the figures, as they left substandard schools with 'nowhere to hide'.
We share Sir Michael Wilshaw's ambition to keep raising standards in secondary schools but we should acknowledge we have seen incredible improvements in recent years - all achieved against the backdrop of Ofsted's much tougher inspection framework which leaves no room for underperforming schools to hide.
They added that around one million more children were being taught in good or outstanding schools since 2010.
Chief Inspector at Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that secondary schools need to improve to match the increase in the number of primary schools now judged as 'good.'
There is a growing difference in performance between primary schools and secondary schools...a third of secondary schools are not yet judged as good - and that's just not good enough and they've got to improve to catch the rate of increase in the primary sector.