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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Ofsted Annual Report said: 

“Today's report shows the results of Labour's education reforms - including academies and better school leadership. There are half a million more children in good or better schools compared thanks to over a decade of investment and reform. 

“However, there remains an arc of underachievement which is holding back too many young people. Even in David Cameron's backyard of Oxfordshire, there are too many coasting schools. We need to learn from success stories like Wigan and Darlington to understand why other areas are less successful. 

“While Michael Gove is only interested in helping some types of schools, Labour want to ensure no school is left behind. That means strong schools working with weaker ones - as happened with Labour's London Challenge. 

“We need more and better teachers and headteachers but under Cameron's watch 10,000 teachers have quit. 

“This report shows problems still exist in the FE sector. Not enough colleges are doing well enough, and the incentive system needs to improve to ensure young people are ready for the modern economy. 

“While Michael Gove ignores further education, Labour is calling for a gold standard qualification for young people to aim for - the Technical Baccalaureate. That means every young person studying English and Maths until 18 alongside more rigorous vocational courses, higher apprenticeships and a quality work experience placement.”


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