Poverty and deprivation no excuse for poor primary schools, says Wolverhampton MP

Poverty and deprivation are no excuse for poor primary schools, Wolverhampton's MP has said in the wake of ‘shocking’ statistics on education standards.

Pat McFadden MP
Pat McFadden MP

Wolverhampton’s primary schools are officially at the bottom of the English league according to education watchdog Ofsted.

But city MP Pat McFadden has said it would be a ‘tired and lazy’ excuse to blame deprivation.

His remarks come despite his own Wolverhampton South East constituency being the 10th worst in the country for unemployment.

The Labour MP and former business minister has previously tried to highlight the problem of educational standards with a high-profile debate in the city, attended by Lord Andrew Adonis, the architect of Tony Blair’s academies programme.

Wolverhampton was found to send fewer young pupils to schools rated good or above than any of the other 149 authorities listed in the report. In Wolverhampton, just 56 per cent of children attend a top-rated primary school, an Ofsted report showed.

The city trails behind its Black Country neighbours for the number of pupils attending a good or outstanding primary school. Walsall was rated the fifth lowest in the country, with only 60 per cent of pupils going to good or outstanding schools. In Staffordshire the figure is 71 per cent, it is 72 per cent in Dudley while Sandwell has the highest figure in the area at 82 per cent.

Mr McFadden said: “Although there are good and outstanding schools in Wolverhampton, and many teachers do a great job, the human cost of this situation is that too many local children are not getting the education they deserve, too much opportunity is being lost and young people in our city are being help back from fulfilling their potential.

“I believe the reaction to this shocking verdict is as important as the verdict itself. You can’t solve a problem unless you acknowledge you have one. So we have to begin by accepting what was said and asking ourselves what we are going to do about it. It is no time for excuses and evasions, no time for shooting the messenger, denying the results or trying to explain away failure.

“The most tired and lazy excuse for educational failure is to blame deprivation. But to do so is profoundly anti progressive and educationally wrong. There are plenty of areas with high deprivation levels that did much better than Wolverhampton in the table – Sandwell, Liverpool, Middlesborough, Hackney.”

Comments for: "Poverty and deprivation no excuse for poor primary schools, says Wolverhampton MP"

Old bilstonion

From proof reading this article I'm sure the editor like me went to one of these schools in Wolverhampton.This hasn't happened overnight and of course poverty, deprivation and employment is in the mix. I left school in the late 70's and cannot count the amount of talent that was here ranging from sport to academia but careers in such were not pursued because families were too poor to support their children, everything as gone full circle ,that's why extra money is being put into various parts of the city,and not forgetting when you look at the job adverts the council is forever looking for social workers.Schools and their advisers have failed to prepare themselves for children who are coming through requiring higher support needs ranging from communication to disability.But parents have a part to play in this are they supporting their kids with homework, getting involved in what the school is actually doing.

But lets not forget there are people up to now in Wolves from Wolves are putting Wolverhampton but also England on the World map

Old bilstonion

I would also like to add that comparing Wolverhampton to any where else would be wrong you have to look at demographics and other factors

Captain Freedom

WELL MR McFADDEN AS YOU HAVE BEEN A WOLVERHAMPTON MP SINCE 2005 A LOT OF THIS DEPREVATION HAS OCCURED ON YOUR WATCH.

COULD YOU PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE EVER DONE FOR WOLVERHAMPTON THAT HAS IMPROVED THINGS FOR THIS CITY.

YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE CHANGES THINGS SO PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO NOW.

HOPEFULLY THE EXPRESS AND STAR MODERATOR WILL LEAVE THIS ON.

Blue Boy

Totally agree with Captain Freedom.

Chr1s23

Education failure is due to meddling councils and governments!

Let the teachers teach!

Glenda

What really amuses me is Councillors with NOT ONE QUALIFICATION, most of whom are educated to a lower level than an average 16year old, Who don't even hold a cycling proficiency award, Once elected can and do decide education policy for 100,000 of midland children. Then the people wonder why its all a mess.

Mrs Ivy Trellis

Do children have books to read at home? - And I don't mean the Argos Catalogue!