Schools on their best behaviour

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COUNCIL chiefs have welcomed new figures that show the huge majority of Hartlepool schools have been rated as having top standards of behaviour.

New Government figures have revealed that 35 out of 38 were rated last year as being good or outstanding standards of behaviour.

The figures show that 17 out of the 38 town schools were classed as outstanding, 18 were good, three were satisfactory and none were graded as being inadequate.

It gives a rate of 92 per cent of schools achieving the good or outstanding standards, a slight drop from the previous year when 36 out of 38 schools were judged to have achieved the milestone, which accounted for a percentage of 94.7.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “We work very closely with all schools in Hartlepool to ensure behaviour standards are good.

“All our schools have policies to address unacceptable behaviour at an early stage and put in place the appropriate measures.

“These Government figures are very encouraging.”

Figures for County Durham, which includes the Easington and Sedgefield districts, show 258 out of 273 schools reached the rating, which accounts for 94.5 per cent of schools and is a rise in the previous two years.

In the Stockton borough, which includes Billingham and Wolviston, 70 out of 74 schools were judged to have achieved the rating, which accounted for 94.6 per cent of schools and is a rise from 88.9 per cent two years before.

The figures show that all the areas covered by the Hartlepool Mail exceeded the national average of 91.7 per cent of schools after 19,583 out of 21,347 were judged to have good or outstanding standards of behaviour.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “The Government is committed to raising standards of behaviour in schools.”