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%
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.