Currently there are 247 secondary schools below the National Challenge benchmark (less than 30 per cent. of pupils achieving five A*-C grade GCSEs including English and maths). The programme started in June 2008 and therefore no secondary schools have been in receipt of National Challenge support for more than two years.
However, of the 247 schools currently below the benchmark, 168 have been below this level for over two years, 147 for over three years and 133 for over four years.
Pupil referral units and special schools are not supported by National Challenge as the programme only supports maintained mainstream schools.
Data on schools in Ofsted categories are published termly by Ofsted. The latest data were published on 24 November 2009 and provide information on schools in categories as of 31 August 2009. The following table provides the information on the numbers of institutions placed in the Ofsted category of special measures, and the length of time institutions have been in that category. This information can be accessed at:
(a) Primary schools (b) Secondary schools (c) Pupil referral units (d) Special schools Total (i) Total schools 131 44 11 7 193 (ii) 1+ years 53 17 3 2 75 (iii) 2 + years 3 2 0 1 6
(a) Primary schools
(b) Secondary schools
(c) Pupil referral units
(d) Special schools
(i) Total schools
(ii) 1+ years
(iii) 2 + years