Schools urged to do better

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EDUCATION chiefs on Wearside have been warned they must do better for disadvantaged pupils.

Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s regional director for the North East, said schools in the area need to improve.

Speaking at the North East Leaders’ Summit in Newcastle, Mr Hudson told an audience of school leaders and other teaching professionals that schools in the North East were failing to keep pace with the rest of the country and that, as a result, disadvantaged children in the area were being let down.

Mr Hudson highlighted performance statistics showing that children on free school meals were not making the same progress in the North East as in other parts of the country.

He said: “Throughout this region there are schools delivering outstanding education for their pupils, but it is worrying that there is such a variation in the levels of performance.”

He added: “Our disadvantaged young people are the ones who most need an excellent education.

“That is why it is of such a concern to Ofsted to see that they are not getting the same chances across the North East as they are in other parts of the country.”