Liverpool has highest proportion of top schoolsSeptember 21st, 2012 Category: Educational Establishments
Cities in the north of England have some of the highest proportions of top quality schools, with Liverpool leading the way.
According to official figures, 77 per cent of Liverpool's schools have been rated as either good or outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted.
Meanwhile, 66 per cent of schools in Manchester can boast similar ratings from the regulator.
Schools in other parts of the country, such as the south of England, might therefore want to look north in order to see what steps they are taking to deliver such strong figures.
Is it the amount of money being put into staff and pupil resources? Outsourced school cleaning perhaps, or a strong political will to drive improvements at those that are falling short?
Every individual school probably has its own story to tell, but the findings show that even those institutions that are not meeting the required standard and are based in poor areas can be turned around.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education at Liverpool City Council, commented: "For a city the size of Liverpool, with all the challenges that deprivation levels bring, to have just over three-quarters of its schools classed as good or outstanding is just fantastic."
She described this as an "incredible achievement" and said it reflects the strength of the relationship between teachers, governing bodies and the council.
Councillor Corbett said the results put the city in a good position to satisfy the higher standards that Ofsted is now demanding.
However, she stressed Liverpool City Council is not complacent and is still working hard to see what steps can be taken to bring about further improvements.
This, she stated, could lead to better exam results and put pupils in a position to leave school with "all the skills they need to lead successful lives".
Ultimately, this is the goal of every school, so it's certainly worth looking at what can be done to improve both educational standards and the actual environment in which children learn.