Most schools beat special measures

MOST schools placed in special measures avoid closure and eventually emerge with a clean bill of health from inspectors - but the process often takes longer than the Government says it should, according to new research.

Nine out of 10 "failing" schools were eventuallyturned round, the research by Professor John Gray, of Homerton College, Cambridge, revealed. But the average time for secondary schools was 27 months - three months more than the Government guideline. In primary and special schools, the average was 20-22 months.

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