Leeds schools bad behaviour shame

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LEEDS education chiefs have refused to reveal the names of two schools singled out by Ofsted for having some of the worst pupil behaviour in England.

Just 68 schools in the whole country have been told by Ofsted inspectors that their students displayed inadequate behaviour in the classroom.

But education bosses have remained tight-lipped about the identity of the two secondary schools in Leeds whose pupils behaved poorly.

The statistics were flagged up in a report published by the Department of Education to monitor behaviour from recent watchdog inspections in schools across the country.

Schools in Leeds were however, ahead of the country’s average when 92.8 per cent of them were judged as having outstanding or good behaviour by Ofsted to December 2010.

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive member for education, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It is clear from these figures how seriously we take good behaviour in Leeds as we know how closely it links to good attendance and good levels of achievement.

“I am delighted to see that not only have the figures for Leeds been improving steadily over the past three years .

“With 92.8 per cent we are ahead of not only the Yorkshire average but the England average as well.

“We will continue to work with all schools to improve on this figure but I am extremely encouraged by the progress that is being made which reflects the hard work and commitment shown by staff, parents and pupils.

“I am confident that by continuing to work with schools and families we will see a continued improvement in the behaviour of pupils in Leeds.”

Out of the 263 primary and secondary schools in Leeds, 244 schools were judged has having outstanding or good pupil behaviour.

Around 93 primary and seven secondary schools gained top marks for their pupils’ outstanding behaviour.

Nine primary schools and six secondary schools in the city were dubbed satisfactory.

Nationally, one in five secondary schools are rated no better than satisfactory for behaviour.

Schools minister Nick Gibb added: “We remain concerned that nearly one in five secondary schools behaviour is judged as being no better than satisfactory.”

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