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Challenge for secondary schools
1:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
CHILDREN at almost half the secondary schools in Somerset should be receiving a better education, according to watchdog OFSTED, which says 44% of the county’s schools are “inadequate” or “require improvement”.
Somerset County Council is now working to draw up a Somerset Challenge – similar to the nowdefunct Labour policy which improved education in London and saw heads of outstanding schools working closely with the less successful.
A spokesman said: “Somerset County Council is committed to improving standards in secondary schools.
“We are currently working closely with the Somerset Association of Secondary Head-teachers on the development of the Somerset Challenge to ensure all our secondary students receive highquality education.
“Somerset Challenge will be based on the London and Manchester challenges, both of which led to significant improvements in those areas.
“Somerset County Council has also earmarked a significant sum of money to be invested with the aim of raising attainment in Somerset.”