Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, has praised the hard work of teachers after Ofsted’s Annual Report for Education and Skills found 96 per cent of secondary schools in Worcestershire were rated as good or outstanding.

Each year the annual report gives a state of the nation picture of how England’s schools, early year providers, colleges, further education and social care providers are performing.
Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of good or outstanding primary and secondary schools in the county.

In 2010 Oftsed’s Annual Report for Education and Skills showed 67 per cent of primary schools and 59 per cent of secondary schools were judged to be good or outstanding. Seven years on and Ofsted’s 2017 report has found 88 per cent primary schools and 96 per cent of secondary schools are now rated as good or outstanding.

Worcestershire’s secondary schools are performing well above the national average. The good or outstanding rate for England is 79 per cent – well below Worcestershire’s score of 96 per cent.

There has also been a big drop in the number of primary schools which require improvement in Worcestershire. In 2010 the figure was 31 per cent and this year’s data reveals just 7 per cent of primary schools require improvement. The number of secondary schools which require improvement has also tumbled from 36 per cent in 2010 to 2 per cent in 2017. Secondary schools deemed to be inadequate has fallen from 5 per cent to 2 per cent.

Rachel said: “This is excellent news and the results are down to the hard work of our teachers here in Redditch and across Worcestershire.

“We have fantastic schools here in Redditch which make sure our youngsters have all the skills they need to set them up for the future. I’m sure parents in the town will welcome the fact the vast majority of their children are going to good or outstanding schools.

“Worcestershire’s impressive results prove that more children are being given the best start in life whatever circumstances they were born in to. It is this Conservative Government which is reforming the education system and the way our schools are funded to make it fairer, especially here in Worcestershire.”