Councils with poor schools face education inspections

Ofsted could soon inspect council education departments in areas where schools are under-performing, the chief inspector of schools has announced.

In a keynote speech at the North of England education conference in Sheffield today, Sir Michael Wilshaw said: ‘It cannot be right that in local authorities with the same demographics, the same sort of population and the same levels of deprivation, parents have such widely varying opportunities of finding a good school.

‘In some it is over 90%, in others it is just over 40%. This cannot continue.’

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