NEW research has revealed that the North-East and Yorkshire and Humber has the highest number of under performing schools in the country.

The figures, taken from Ofsted reports released in September this year, show that a total of 456 of 3,254 schools in the area were considered inadequate or requiring improvement.

The figure represents 14 per cent of the total and was the highest percentage in England.

Bradford ranked worst with almost one in four schools failing to meet Ofsted expectations, whilst South Tyneside and York topped the leader board with 95 of schools rated outstanding or good.

A breakdown of the data shows 16 per cent of schools in Darlington were rated inadequate or requiring improvement, followed by 15 per cent in Middlesbrough, 12 per cent in Durham and 11 per cent in Redcar and Cleveland.

All higher than the national average of just over one in ten apart from Stockton, where only six per cent of schools were deemed not up to standard.

Ofsted is the independent body responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK.

Inspection officers carry out visits to assess the effectiveness and leadership of management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils before giving each school an overall rating.

The independent body has recently revealed changes to their inspection strategy which include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.

In a 2017 Ofsted survey, 15 per cent of parents in the North-East, Yorkshire and Humber said they didn’t feel their child’s school responded well to concerns they raised.

14 per cent said they didn’t receive valuable information from the school about their child’s progress, and a further 14 per cent said they didn’t think the school was well-lead or well-managed.

Parents were also asked whether they felt their child was happy at school, seven per cent said no, and ten per cent said they didn’t believe that their child made good progress at school.

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