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."
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