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'Dawn raid' on schools failing kids; EDUCATION 2.

Byline: MARK ELLIS Education Correspondent

TEAMS of Ofsted watchdogs are to swoop on schools in council areas failing to give children a good education.

The inspections will cover six local authorities in England where the proportion of pupils attending good schools is well below the national average.

The move, announced by Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, comes amid concern that thousands face a postcode lottery to get a decent education.

He claims that some children have less than a 50% chance of attending a good school in affluent suburbs as well as poor areas.

But a teachers' union leader yesterday branded the swoops as "dawn raids".

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: "They are crude spectacles organised to create fear and panic."

Oxfordshire and Yorkshire's East Riding were problem areas highlighted in Ofsted's last annual report.

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Date:Jan 18, 2013
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