A third of pupils failing in core subjects

Some rather dispiriting news today about the number of students still failing to meet basic standards in the core subjects:

"More than a third of schoolchildren in England are failing to master the basics after three years of secondary school, according to results published today.

Around 216,000 struggle in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science in tests taken aged 14 - seen as a key indicator of success at GCSE.

According to official data, the number of pupils reaching the expected standard in maths dropped compared with a year earlier. Results in English were no better than in 2005."

Politicians have had nearly 130 years to get the education system right.  How many more young people are we going to allow to be let down by the politicians who think they can run schools from Whitehall?

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