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Rut of poor performance.

Rut of poor performance.

Hundreds of schools in England are stuck in a decade-long rut of poor performance that is “nothing short of a scandal” and threatens to undermine the country’s quality of education, the chief inspector of schools has told MPs.

In an outspoken letter to parliament’s public accounts committee, Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, detailed a series of major risks to the school system in England, including several comments that are critical of government policy.

She highlighted the nearly 500 state schools she described as “stuck”, having been rated as either inadequate or requiring improvement in every Ofsted inspection since 2005

“That these schools remain poor for so long means that, for some children, in certain areas, there may be no opportunity to attend a good school at any point in their education. This is nothing short of a scandal and is a betrayal of children’s futures,” Spielman said.         

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