Thursday, January 10, 2008

Schools failing 500,000 pupils

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor and Lucy Cockcroft Last Updated: 8:40am GMT 10/01/2008

More than half a million children are being taught in under-performing schools, official league tables show today.
They are languishing in comprehensives where fewer than 30 per cent of pupils leave with five good GCSEs, including the vital subjects of English and mathematics.
Gordon Brown insisted last year that it was "no longer acceptable" for schools to fall below the key benchmark and warned that those failing to improve by 2012 would be closed or taken over.

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