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NASUWT: The inconvenient truth the secretary of state seeks to obscure

When the Tories left office in 1997:

. 55% of 16 year olds left school without five good GCSEs;

. more than 50% of 11 year olds left primary schools without having reached the expected standards in English and in Maths;

. over 500 schools had been identified by Ofsted as requiring special measures;

. 70% of young people did not go to university.

By the time the Coalition Government came to office:

. over 65% of 16 year olds left school with five good GCSEs;

. 80% of 11 year olds left primary school having achieved the expected standards in English and in Maths;

. Only 218 schools were identified by Ofsted as requiring special measures;

. 43,000 more young people went into higher education as a result of more pupils staying on at school after 16.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:

"This is the inconvenient truth the Secretary of State seeks to obscure by creating an illusion of failure."

ENDS

Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

Tel: 020 7420 9681
Mobile (and out of hours contact): 07966 198894
Address: 5 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8SD

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