This education split mirrors the wider community. Two-thirds doing relatively well, one-third not. This is not necessarily the teachers'
fault, although it can be. The prime concern of ministers is tackling the effects of disadvantage and poverty, and the new community schools initiative is one example of the unrelenting focus on changing individual circumstances through education and linked services.
There is a need to improve, reform and share the highest expectations for all. This does not spell a mad rush to radical reform. Any change must take 60,000 teachers with it and they make the difference where it matters - in the classroom.