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  • MP HAILS HUGE INCREASE IN NUMBER OF PUPILS ATTENDING GOOD OR OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has credited a combination of outstanding efforts from the teaching profession and Government reforms for a huge increase in the number of pupils attending good or outstanding schools. Recent data comparing August 2010 with August 2017 showed 87% of students (1.9million) are now attending schools rated good or outstanding, up from 66% in 2010. This is mirrored locally in the South West, with 630,000 pupils now attending good or outstanding schools compared to 480,000 in 2010. Welcoming the figures Mr Stride said:

    “One of the first things the Government did when it came to office was to make the Ofsted grading criteria tougher. So, to increase the number of pupils being taught at good or outstanding schools by a third in the last seven years is a massive achievement. First and foremost this is down to thousands of excellent teachers and headteachers who work incredibly hard, but the Government also deserves credit for its ambitious education reforms which have helped deliver these results. The fact that the attainment gap between disadvantaged secondary school pupils and their peers has narrowed by 3.2% in the last year and by 10% since 2011 is also good news and shows the Pupil Premium we introduced in 2011 to increase funding for disadvantaged pupils is having a positive effect.”

    Mr Stride regularly visits schools in his constituency to stay in touch with headteachers and staff about education policy, spending time at primary schools in Stoke Canon, Bradninch, Crediton, Tedburn St Mary and Bow so far in 2018.







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