Good & outstanding schools increased

New figures from OFSTED claims more and more children in the south west are going to schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' schools

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Ofsted: poorer children in SW 'not doing well enough'

OFSTEDā€™s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased.

But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.

Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED.

He's been speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton.

He told him that in more affluent areas, as well as in more economically deprived communities, pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve as well as their peers.

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Kids from poorer backgrounds not doing well enough

The report said pass rates of children from poorer backgrounds are 'well adrift' from national pass rates Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Too many children and young people from poorer backgrounds in the South West are not doing well enough according to a report from Ofsted.

The report said despite the increase in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools in the region, pass rates of children from low income families are much lower than the national pass rates.

First report on SW education standards

School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West later this morning.

The Ofsted report will say that too many children are not doing well enough despite the growing number of good or outstanding schools in the region.

It will also compare the performances of individual local authorities.

School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West Credit: ITV News West Country

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