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Ofsted chief gives England's school system six out of 10

31 October 2016

The schools system in England remains “mediocre” despite the improvements of the past two decades, the outgoing chief inspector of schools has said.

The schools system in England remains “mediocre” despite the improvements of the past two decades, the outgoing chief inspector of schools has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, who retires as head of Ofsted at the end of the year, said he would give the system “six out of 10” for its current performance.

Appearing on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said that while it was in better shape than at any time in the past, there was still “a lot to do” if it was to match the top performing countries in Europe and Asia.

“Our system was in special measures, in intensive care, in the 70s, 80s and much of the 90s, but the reforms that have taken place - to governance, academies, free schools, a better curriculum and assessment - have made a big difference and we’ve got a much better education system now,” he said.

“We’re not there with the South Koreas and the Shanghais and some of the really good European nations and we’ve got a lot to do to catch up.

“We’ve got to sort out the big regional differences in performance in our country, particularly at secondary level, particularly in the Midlands and the North, and we’ve got to do something about skills.”

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