Dozens of outstanding schools in Barnet

679 schools in London were rated outstanding as of December 31st – including 32 in Barnet reports Andrew Dowdeswell, Data Reporter

School students in class looking at a teacher writing a white board. One student is holding their right hand up.
42% of schools in the wealthiest 20% of areas were rated outstanding, compared to just 25% of those in the most deprived places – (Credit – Radar)

There are dozens of outstanding schools in Barnet, figures show, as new analysis exposes the gulf in school standards between the richest and poorest areas.

The Liberal Democrats said the Conservatives “have let our children down” after decimating funding to schools across England.

RADAR analysis of Ofsted figures shows a significant disparity between the number of inadequate and outstanding schools in the poorest and richest areas.

In London, 679 schools were rated outstanding as of December 31 – including 32 in Barnet.

The figures also show the extent of deprivation in the neighbourhoods where schools are located.

Some 42% of the 162 schools in the wealthiest 20% of areas were rated outstanding, compared to just 25% of those in the most deprived places.

However, none of the schools in the wealthiest were rated as inadequate, compared to 0.3% of those in the poorest.

Munira Wilson MP, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson, said: “Every child deserves a great education, no matter what their background is.

“Parents should not have to send their children to schools which have had their funding decimated by a Conservative Government that has lost interest in providing high-quality education.”

Wilson said school trips are being axed, teaching assistants laid off and classroom repairs ignored due to a lack of funding.

She added: “Far from preparing the next generation for the future, ministers have totally abandoned them.”

Across England, nearly a third of 405 qualifying inadequate schools are based in areas where pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas across the country, compared to just 19% of outstanding schools.

Of the 4,000 schools in the wealthiest areas, just 1% are rated inadequate. This almost triples to 2.9% for the poorest areas.

It means three times as many inadequate schools are in the most deprived 20% of areas as in the richest.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Standards continue to rise with 90% of schools now judged to be good or outstanding last year, up from 68% in 2010. In the last year alone, 214,000 more children now attend good or outstanding schools.

“School funding is rising to £60.7 billion next year, the highest ever level in real terms per pupil. This includes pupil premium funding, which will rise to over £2.9 billion in 2024-25 in line with inflation.

“We have significantly increased support for disadvantaged pupils through the £1 billion National Tutoring Programme and by expanding our support so more than double the number of children receive free school meals than in 2010.”

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