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Schools: Special Measures

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 8 November (WA 200), by what date they expect that the 272,000 children currently in schools that are in special measures or other Ofsted categories of concern will receive an education in schools needing no such attention. [HL182]

We expect local authorities to take action to ensure that any school in an Ofsted category is improved and removed from that category as soon as possible. Each of these schools will have its own mix of issues that need to be addressed and resolved with urgency. The Education Act 2006 will ensure that local authorities act more swiftly and decisively to turn round a school in special measures. The Act strengthens authorities’ powers of intervention in such schools and, in order to protect the interests of children, provides for radical action such as closure to be taken where inadequate progress is being made after 12 months.