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by | 23rd, November 2006

“FOUR out of 10 schools are not good enough, says watchdog,” announces the Guardian. THWACK!

“Thirty eight per cent of secondary schools are only satisfactory.” THWACK!

“One in eight children in care absent 25 days a year.” THWACK!

Those are the painful facts as gleaned from Ofsted’s Annual report. For those of you lucky enough to be ignorant of the complicated school system, Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education.

“The report card for education has been increasingly encouraging over the past 10 years, but it still is not good enough.” That is not our surmise of the numbers. That is the view of Christine Gilbert, the head of Ofsted. She is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools.

Sadly, unlike their pupils, teachers cannot feed this report to the dog, leave it on the bus or smoke it, for it is now a matter of public record.

The Telegraph looks at the report and offers the headline: “Ofsted: schools failing 3.3m.”

And know this is not a good number. We live in a time when school is all about passing everything. The age when there were just two options open to a student pass or fail has been improved upon. Today’s students have many options, even if they are all about passing by degrees.

But things can still be improved. Student can get better passes. And Ms Gilbert is the new broom who will sweep in the changes.

Her job is to highlight the errors and weed out the

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