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Tens of thousands of students now at failing secondary schools

Tens of thousands more teenagers are now attending failing state secondary schools, the head of Ofsted is warning, raising concerns standards are stagnating.

Poor behaviour from pupils is one of the main points of concern, with the watchdog's chief inspector claiming that too many secondaries were dealing with a "hubbub" of gossip, shouting out, students using their phones and other disruptions - which often make teaching almost impossible.

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Tens of thousands more teens in failing secondary schools

Tens of thousands more teenagers are now attending failing state secondary schools, the head of Ofsted is warning, raising concerns standards are stagnating.

Tens of thousands more teens attending failing secondary schools Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The proportion of secondaries rated as inadequate has risen in the last 12 months, with over 50 more schools now in special measures than there were a year ago, according to the Sir Michael Wilshaw.

In his third annual report, published today, Sir Michael says while primary schools in England continue to forge ahead, the rate of improvement in secondary education is grinding to a halt, with the overall proportion rated good or outstanding remaining the same as last year.

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