There has been a significant improvement in the performance of pupils in some of the UK's most underperforming secondary schools.
Figures released by the Department for Education show that the number of children taught in underperforming secondary schools has fallen by almost 250,000 in the past four years.
This points to the fact education reforms introduced by the government are successfully raising standards, as hundreds of education centres are now meeting the tougher standards that have been introduced.
Up until last year, schools were seen as 'below the floor' if fewer than 35 per cent of their pupils achieved only five or more GCSEs, including English and maths, at grade C or better, and are behind on progress measures. However, this has now been increased to 40 per cent.
Only 154 schools were below the floor in 2013, compared to 195 the year before. The figures are also testament to the hard work of those in teaching jobs, as they have helped to improve standards.
Performance in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) has also been promising. In order to qualify for an EBacc, students need to get a C or better in English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language. Last year, 72,000 more pupils took the EBacc than in 2012, for a total of 202,000.
Education secretary Michael Gove said: "These figures are a credit to the professionalism and hard work of teachers. Thanks to their efforts, the number of children taught in underperforming schools has fallen by almost 250,000 since 2010.
"This progress has been achieved at the same time as our EBacc has ensured many more young people are taking the core subjects which will most help them find a good job or go on to university."
He added more young people are now leaving schools with the qualifications they need to go on and enjoy a successful career.
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