Lags at Hindley ‘enjoy a better education’

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THE education offered at Hindley’s Young Offenders’ Institute is better than at some schools, an Ofsted report says.

Inmates at the detention centre, including Will Cornick, the killer of Wigan teacher Ann Maguire, receive “outstanding” teaching and English and maths scores were “above the national average”.

Inspectors also found that behaviour is “very good”. Critics said it showed how pupils in state schools were being let down by a lack of discipline in the classroom.

Chris McGovern, a former Ofsted inspector who chairs the Campaign for Real Education, said: “Well done to the Young Offender Institution but what an indictment of the education system in England if it can produce better teaching than schools.

“There will be a much greater emphasis on good order. Chaos reigns in many classrooms – restoring order would have the biggest impact on raising standards in our schools. Teachers need to be re-trained in class control methods.”

The report said the quality of some teaching was “outstanding”, with teachers having “high aspirations” for their charges while poor behaviour was ‘isolated’. Inmates could gain vocational qualifications in bricklaying and plastering, gain ‘valuable fork-lift truck driving licences’ and get experience in garden maintenance.

In total, 13 of the boys in the YOI achieved 26 GCSEs between them, and there was “outstanding” work created in art and bricklaying. The inmates have access to a football and rugby field, a weights room and sports hall, with some taking part in PE five times a week.

However, one local MEP has expressed alarm at the report.

UKIP’s Paul Nuttall said: “This is good news for the inmates who hopefully will be able to take advantage of the education to turn their lives around. But it paints a depressing picture of education in schools.

“Admittedly the results have been compared with poorly performing school nationwide but it means that the standard is still higher than that achieved by thousands of schoolchildren.

“And the reason why the inmates have done so well is attributed to discipline and a higher teacher: pupil ratio.”

A recent Ofsted report revealed many of Wigan’s primary schools are doing well above the national average.

Nationally, Ofsted criticised standards in many schools.