'Satisfactory' schools no longer good enough

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Schools will find it harder to pass inspections from today, the chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warns.

Sir Michael, chief executive of Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, said a "good" rating would in future be the minimum standard required for a successful school inspection.

As from today, the term "satisfactory" will be consigned to the dustbin of history and be replaced with a new category – "requires improvements".

The latest statistics show around seven out of 10 schools obtain a "good" or "outstanding" ranking – those in London are the best performers with 76 per cent.