Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw's second annual report also found:
- Poor white children - the largest proportion of children eligible for free school meals, a key measure of poverty - are lagging far behind their classmates. Since 2007, their attainment has improved at a slower rate than other ethnic groups.
- There are only three local authorities where fewer than 60% of primary-age pupils attend a school rated good or better, compared to 23 last year.
- In 13 local authorities less than half of secondary-age pupils attend a good or outstanding school.
- Teaching was rated good or outstanding in 65% of schools, compared to 62% last year.
- But there were more maths and English lessons judged to be less than good by inspectors than many other subjects.
Deborah Lawson, the General Secretary of Voice: the union for education professionals, reacts to Sir Michael Wilshaw's Ofsted report.
The percentage of pupils at good or outstanding secondary schools is highest in Bath and North East Somerset.
The percentage of pupils at good or outstanding primary schools is highest in Darlington, according to new Ofsted figures published today.