Ofsted has praised the exceptional “dedication and commitment” of teachers and professionals working with children across England as its annual report confirmed that the vast majority of schools are rated good or outstanding.

In launching the report in Westminster on Wednesday (December 13), chief inspector Amanda Spielman said that the quality of education and care provided to young people today is “better than ever” and reported evidence of “widespread good practice” and “continual improvement”.

Ofsted's figures show that 94 per cent of early years providers, 90 per cent of primary schools, 79 per cent of secondary schools, and 80 per cent of further education and skills providers are considered to be good or outstanding.

However, the report also highlights a number of areas of “persistent underperformance” and concern...

The report identifies a group of 500 primary and 200 secondary schools that have not improved during their last two inspections, including around 130 (80 primary and 50 secondary) which have not been rated good or outstanding since 2005.

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