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Secondary Education: Standards

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many failing secondary schools there were in each of the last 20 years for which his Department and its predecessors have used such a classification. (133355)

[holding answer 23 April 2007]: Failing schools are usually considered to be those judged by Ofsted to require special measures. The following table gives the number of secondary schools that Ofsted placed into this category in each academic year since 1993/94. This was the first year that special measures judgements were made.

Academic year

Number of secondary schools placed into special measures

1993/94

11

1994/95

20

1995/96

27

1996/97

28

1997/98

43

1998/99

29

1999/2000

38

2000/01

23

2001/02

19

2002/03

35

2003/04

61

2004/05

37

2005/06

32

2006/07 (to 31 March 2007)

21