Yorkshire schools: Ofsted says performance 'major concern'

The leaders of school inspection body Ofsted have met in York to discuss the poor performance of some of the region's secondary schools.

According to Ofsted's latest report, only 15% of Yorkshire secondary schools were classed as outstanding, compared to a national figure of 26%.

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said the figures were "a major cause for concern".

The agency said the meeting was part of an attempt to "drive up standards".

Ofsted said it had recently appointed eight regional directors "to spearhead improvements and tackle underperformance at a local and regional level".

Nick Hudson, who was formerly director of children's services at Wigan Council, has been appointed to the post in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

'Postcode lottery'

Ofsted said that some local authorities within the region performed better than others.

According to its last set of inspections conducted last year, seven out of the 12 secondary schools in Hull were classed as less than good, with three judged inadequate.

In contrast only two out of 10 secondary schools in York are less than good, with three judged outstanding.

Sir Michael claimed that there was still too much of a "postcode lottery" in educational success.

He said: "While primary schools in Yorkshire and Humber are in line with the national picture, and the college sector is faring better than the national average, the performance of the region's secondary schools is a major cause for concern."

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