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Clegg: 'Children can't learn in schools with leaking roofs'

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.

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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.

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Ministers: 277 more schools to be repaired or rebuilt

Ministers have announced that another 277 schools are to be repaired or rebuilt as part of a Government programme.

Ministers: 277 more schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Credit: PA

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.

Ofsted warns school standards could 'go into reverse'

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:

Ofsted names 13 worst secondary school areas

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.

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