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Councils urged to tackle underperforming schools

28 February 2013

Local authorities should not be afraid to step in and take interim measures to tackle struggling schools in their area, according to Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

In a speech at the Policy Exchange thinktank this week, he said councils have a key role to play in improving education and should act quickly if they feel a school is underperforming, Public Finance reports.

Sir Michael urged authorities to use Ofsted's data on school performance to make decisions and intervene where necessary, with the appointment of interim executives one of the measures at their disposal.

He commented: "The best local authorities use their powers effectively. Yet my annual report found that since 2007, nearly half of local authorities have not any interim executive boards in place and 70 local authorities had not issued a single warning notice."

The Ofsted chief also repeated his call for more school governors with professional skills and expertise, claiming that payment for governors should not be ruled out.

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