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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Ofsted report shows need to make education the Black Country's number one priority

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said a new Ofsted report means education should be the Black Country’s number one priority.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said today’s report on Britain’s schools by Ofsted reinforces the need to make education the Black Country’s number one priority.

Ofsted’s Annual Report for 2013-14 released today ranks Dudley in the bottom three for good or outstanding secondary schools in the West Midlands.

Dudley comes 127th out of 148 local authorities with 55% of pupils attending schools ranked good or outstanding.

Nationally, 71% of schools are rated good or outstanding and 74% of Britain’s state school pupils attend good or outstanding schools.

Dudley fared better in new rankings for Primary Schools, rising to 60th nationally and joint third in the region for the proportion rated good or outstanding at 84%.

Austin says that the latest results underline the need for education and skills to be the number one priority in Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“This report underlines the need for all of us – the government and the council, teachers and parents, employers and the community in general – to make education and skills our number one priority

“We have to get behind teachers working hard to improve schools. Improvements at Priory School, Ellowes Hall and at Dormston show our youngsters can do just as well as any in the country, but standards need to improve because the only way we’ll attract the new investment and well-paid jobs on which our prosperity depends is by having the skills new industries need.”

Ofsted's West Midlands school rankings can be found on page 5 of their report here.

Ofsted's full national school rankings can be found on page 28 of their report here.

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