Education minister threatens to send in troubleshooters to Thurrock schools

THE Minister of State for Schools has threatened to send in the education troubleshooters to Thurrock senior schools.

MP Nick Gibbs comments come after the final publication of Thurrock’s GCSE results made for grim reading.

Thurrock’s results saw the fifth biggest drop (in relation to 2014 results) in the country. Six schools were under 50% and Gateway Academy was one of over 300 schools to fail to pass the government benchmark of 40%.

Mr Gibbs told Dave Monk on BBC Essex: "The great thing about the academy system is that we can take action more swiftly than when they are under local authority control.

‘We will send in the regional schools commissioner, we will go through their action plans and if those action plans aren’t adequate, we will change the sponsors.

"We are taking much swifter action than previous governments".

Thurrock Council has described the 2015 results as "A Blip".

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