Clever pupils 'being let down'

Ofsted have claimed a culture of low expectations in state schools is causing some of the country's most able pupils to underachieve.

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Ofsted: Clever children 'let down by low expectations'

A culture of low expectations in many schools has meant that bright pupils are being let down and are failing to gain top grades at GCSE, according to a new Ofsted report.

A culture of low expectations is affecting clever children, Ofsted have said. Credit: PA

The report suggests that clever students become used to performing at a lower level because they are in classes where the work is pitched at middle-ranking students.

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was "shocking" that, in some cases, school leaders and teachers did not even know who their most able children were.

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