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Lancashire schools are top of the class

According to recent government figures, 92.3% of schools in Lancashire are rated as good or outstanding.

Based on Ofsted ratings, Lancashire is in the top quarter in the country.

Figures to March 2017 showed that 23.8% of Lancashire schools were outstanding, and 68.5% were good, compared to 21.1% and 68.3% respectively for England as a whole.

Lancashire's figure for 'requires improvement' is 2.5%, lower than the rest of the country at 8.9%, and 1.3% are judged 'inadequate', lower than the rest of the country at 1.7%.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "It's great to see that the latest statistics from the Department for Education(DfE) back up what we already know – that the quality of schools in Lancashire are amongst the best in the country.

"To have 2.7% more 'outstanding' schools than the England average is not easy, as outstanding ratings are very difficult to achieve. I'm genuinely proud of our schools here in Lancashire. These figures clearly demonstrate the high quality of headteachers, their staff and governors and the commitment of pupils and families.

"Together, we are working hard to fulfil our ambition that all our pupils attend a school which is rated as good or better, and we have an excellent track record in helping schools achieve this.

"The majority of schools choose to receive their support and advisory services from the county council and I think this continued success is a tribute to the strong partnership we have with Lancashire schools. We are also pleased to see that many schools from outside Lancashire are also choosing to buy in our school improvement services."

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