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Secondary School Let Down

Is Your Child Being Let Down by their State Secondary School?

According to a report from Ofsted some of the brightest children are being let down by their state secondary school resulting in failure to achieve top GCSE grades.

Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw commenting on the findings said “‘too many non-selective schools are failing to nurture scholastic excellence. While the best of these schools provide excellent opportunities, many of our most able students receive mediocre provision,’ he said.

‘Put simply, they are not doing well enough because their secondary schools fail to challenge and support them sufficiently from the beginning.’

He also suggested that annual reports be sent out to parents giving information about their child’s achievements and also suggested that pupils be put into sets from age 11 for subjects such as maths and English.

The report also added that in 40% of schools visited the brightest students were not making the progress they were capable of and in a few teachers were not aware who the most able pupils were.

Chairman of the Sutton Trust, whose objective is to improve educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged backgrounds, Sir Peter Lampl said “Today’s report confirms that most non-selective state schools are failing to stretch their highly able students. I welcome the stronger focus that Sir Michael Wilshaw is bringing to this issue. But we need to go further”

Are you concerned about the level of education your child is receiving in their State Secondary School?

Would you like to receive an annual report on your children’s achievements or are you more than happy with the way it is now?

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