Wolves on the right track

14th April 2000 at 01:00
SCHOOLS in Wolverhampton are improving their GCSE results at faster than the average national rate, inspectors have revealed.

Their disclosure comes in an Office for Standards in Education report published this week which says the council has more strengths than weaknesses in its support to schools.

The West Midlands council has high levels of disadvantage and a falling population.

While its schools' performance is generally still below the national average, they are improving. Inspectors say the council's education development plan is a sound strategy for even greater progress.

They warn though that the council should do more to improve the attendance and the atainment of certain ethnic-minority groups.

Analysis by the local authority shows that African-Caribbean boys are the worst-performing group at GCSE and that they significantly under-perform. White boys also struggle while Pakistani and Indian girls are doing well.

Attendance at primary schools is well below average and the council has an above average number of primaries requiring substantial improvement.

Nine out of Wolverhampton's 91 primaries, 18 secondaries and six special schools, are failing.

Nevertheless inspectors said the director of education and councillors provided good leadership and that the LEA had the capacity to make further progress.


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