|Message ||MORE than half of secondary pupils and a quarter of primary pupils in the district are studying at schools that are judged to be not good enough, the country's education watchdog has revealed. The Ofsted annual report shows that Bradford schools are among the worst in the country, with the chances of pupils attending a good primary or secondary school having decreased in 2014. It places Bradford seventh bottom in the country among 150 education authorities with only 40 per cent of pupils going to secondary schools which are good or better.
There are only 13 authorities in the country where that number is 50 per cent or lower. For primary pupils, Bradford is 23rd from bottom nationally, with 73 per cent of students attending primaries which are good or outstanding. The proportion of children going to primary and secondary schools in the district that are rated as requiring improvement or inadequate by Ofsted has risen by eight percentage points on the previous year. I
Michael Jameson, the authority's strategic director of children’s services, last night admitted there was a lot of work to do. He said: “We have a ‘no excuses’ culture and we are taking urgent action to rapidly drive up standards. “We recently launched our new education improvement strategy and it contains deliberately ambitious targets and practical measures to improve school leadership and share best practice. We are setting extremely high standards for our schools and we are providing them with robust challenge and support to help them achieve the highest possible standards. “But there is a lot of work to do. We have seen improvements at Key Stage 5 this year in the Bradford district and we have many great examples, particularly at primary school level, but our schools now have to deliver right across the board.