They said ..

14th March 2008 at 00:00
'So many state comprehensives are useless that half a million pupils attend schools at risk of closure'. Neil Hamilton

We say ...

Scarily, the former Tory MP is half right. Around half a million secondary pupils attend schools that could be shut simply because they are below the Government's 30 per cent five A*-C GCSE base target. But Mr Hamilton is wrong to brand them "useless".

The TES has tirelessly pointed out the high quality of teaching in many of the 638 threatened schools. We have shown that 250 had contextual value-added scores above the national average, that inspectors have rated the vast majority satisfactory or better, and that half have good or outstanding leadership.

We also revealed that 75 of their heads were invited to a reception last month celebrating them as leaders of England's fastest improving schools. It seems unwise for a bankrupted, disgraced ex-politician to criticise their competence.

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