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For nine councils in the country (including mine) all the local secondary schools are ranked by Ofsted as "good" or "outstanding" according to a Press Association analysis.

These are the councils at the oppositie end. The bottom 20. Those with the lowest ratio of secondary schools judged good or outstanding.

Hull (Labour) 48%


Knowsley (Labour) 48%


Northamptonshire (Conservative) 46%


Blackpool (Labour) 46%


Norfolk (Conservative) 46%


Hartlepool (Labour) 46%


Sunderland (Labour) 45%


Merton (Labour) 45%


North East Lincolnshire (Labour) 45%


North Lincolnshire (Conservative) 44%


Stoke-on-Trent (Labour) 43%


Doncaster (Labour) 43%


Derby (Labour) 42%


Manchester (Labour) 42%


East Riding of Yorkshire (Conservative) 42%


Tameside (Labour) 34%


Portsmouth (Lib Dem) 34%


Middlesbrough (Labour) 32%


Bradford (Labour minority administration) 28%


Barnsley (Labour) 20%

So Labour dominate the roll of shame. They are running 15 out of 20 of those areas doing worst in this respect – while they are still very much a minority party in local government.

For primary schools those with the lowest proportion of placs in good or outstanding ones is direct from Ofsted and is as follows:

Northamptonshire (Conservative) 59%

Norfolk (Conservative) 59%

Haringey (Labour) 58%

Bristol (Lib Dem minority) 58%

Sandwell (Labour) 57%

Tameside (Labour) 57%

North East Lincolnshire (Labour) 56%

Waltham Forest (Labour) 56%

Hackney (Labour) 56%

East Riding of Yorkshire (Conservative) 55%

Kent (Conservative) 55%

Medway (Conservative) 54%

Portsmouth (Lib Dem) 53%

Reading (Labour)

Telford & Wrekin (Labour) 53%

Wolverhampton (Labour) 53%

Wakefield (Labour) 52%

Thurrock (Labour) 49%

Derby (Labour) 43%

Coventry (Labour) 42%

So here Labour are in charge of 13 of the worst cases.

The overall Ofsted rating is the only thing for parents to look at – especially if the inspection took place years ago. Many will regard exam results as a more solid measure. On the other hand usually the same schools perform poorly on that measure too.

There are two Conservative councils – Northamptonshire and East Riding – on both lists. As I can remember being told by one of my old teachers at what is now Pimlico Academy:

You need to buck your ideas up.

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