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Failing schools 'to be Academies'

9 October 2009

Mr Gove, Shadow Schools Secretary, stated yesterday he does not wish 'another generation of our poorest children to have their future blighted by failing schools'. Interestingly, the Tories believe their plan of focusing on less failing schools is the way the next generation will benefit.

By concentrating on the worst performing schools - a mere 56 as opposed to Labour's National Challenge Scheme which currently includes 270 schools - Mr Gove plans to draft in heads who are familiar with turning schools round. Further to this, he wants the most outstanding institutions to be exempt from Ofsted inspection in order that underperforming schools can be targeted.

The question, with which we are left, is what will happen to those schools that are neither failing nor excelling?

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