WEARSIDE is ahead of the game when it comes to providing primary education.
The latest report from Ofsted shows that on average eight out of ten schools are rated good or outstanding across the country.
In Sunderland, the figures have revealed that 83 per cent of primary children and 62 per cent of secondary children are attending a good or outstanding school. In Durham the figures are 83 per cent primary and 86 per cent secondary.
Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services in Sunderland, said: “We welcome this national recognition of the high standards being achieved in our schools and will continue to work hard to maintain and improve them.
“Our commitment is to provide all young people in our city with the best possible start in life and in their education, and working together I hope we can increase the number of good and outstanding schools in Sunderland still further.”
The Ofsted report said nationally there is a “patchwork of provision”.
Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, said: “It is not an exaggeration to report the story of our schools and colleges today is a tale of two nations. Children from similar backgrounds with similar abilities, but who happen to be born in different regions and attend different schools and colleges, can end up with widely different prospects because of the variable quality of education.”