Tuesday, May 20, 2008

School standards stalling, says Ofsted

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Last Updated: 2:31AM BST 20/05/2008

Education standards in England have "stalled" as too many pupils leave school with a poor grasp of the three Rs, the chief inspector of schools has said.
Despite government claims that classroom performance was improving year on year, Ofsted said England's state schools would not be able to compete with the best in the world without radical reform.
Christine Gilbert, the chief inspector of schools, said it was "unacceptable" that one in five children aged 11 was "not fully functional" in literacy and numeracy.


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