The Journal Opinion: Let's end poor schools' performance now

The Journal opinion for Thursday December 11, in which we urge an end to the poor performance of some of the North East's secondary schools

Ben Birchall/PA Wire School pupils sitting an A-level exam
School pupils sitting an A-level exam

It's an enduring enigma and one which poses a real threat to the region’s long-term economic prospects.

Just why are so many of the North East’s children being failed by our education system?

In Ofsted’s annual report, the watchdog has again warned that youngsters in our region “deserve better” from our school system.

According to them, as many as one third of our secondary schools are failing pupils.

Happily, Ofsted recognises some improvements. However, the poor performance of the region’s secondary schools is one of our most pressing issues – and one which threatens to leave a damning legacy for generations to come.

This failure is in stark contrast to the successes of the region’s primary schools.

Surely 2015 is the time for a task force to be set up to get to the bottom of this – and put an end to it.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer