Concern over standards in Middlesbrough's secondary schools

Lucy Taylor reports from Middlesbrough Credit: ITV

More than half of secondary-aged children attend a school in Middlesbrough that is rated less than good according to Ofsted.

Inspectors have found that Middlesbrough Council’s efforts to improve local schools to be “ineffective.”

Ofsted carried out an inspection of the council’s arrangements for school improvement in January this year.

It was in response to concerns about the achievement and progress of pupils in primary and secondary schools.

Ofsted says performance at every stage is below the national average. Inspectors are warning the Local Authority to take urgent action to improve opportunities for pupils