Sir Michael Wilshaw has expressed his deep concerns about education standards in the East Midlands, which according to Ofsted’s figures is the lowest performing in the country.
Wilshaw blamed a “culture of complacency and a lack of clear accountability” for poor educational performance in the region, in which:
one in three secondary schools was judged less than good at their last inspection; the joint lowest Ofsted inspection outcomes
nearly 46% of pupils did not achieve the benchmark five or more GCSE A* to C grades (including English and maths) in 2015
nearly 73% of East Midlands pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) failed to achieve this benchmark
Wilshaw said, “…in many ways, the problems in this region symbolise more than anywhere else the growing educational divide between the South and the rest of England” adding: “National politicians and policymakers must start to worry more about what is happening north of the Wash. They should be asking why schools in large parts of the East Midlands aren’t doing better.”
Sir Michael’s comments were made at the same time as Ofsted’s regional director for the East Midlands, Chris Russell, issued an open letter to all those involved in education in Northamptonshire expressing concern about performance across the county.