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Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to Highbury College

and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 
@shjpoole.

The NHS has been under intense scrutiny in the past year.

Now we read that the number of under-performing secondary schools (even private ones) across England has doubled.

What’s next?

I can imagine that Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, is hugely disappointed by the recent statistics, with many of us bewildered with what is going on in our schools.

With any politician, I can understand their wish to deliver different policies that they believe are best for us.

Some work well, but there are other times when they don’t.

Either way, I don’t believe the under-performance is entirely down to politics, or teaching.

I reckon that teachers across the country, regardless of the age they teach, are admirable. With the pressures and demands involved, they’re doing a great job.

I feel that if you attend an educational establishment that isn’t succeeding as well as others, that’s no excuse to not achieve academically.

The school I went to was only rated ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted, but that never prevented me and others leaving with a set of at least 5 A*-C grades.

In my educational life, I have stumbled across two different types of people.

There are those who are interested in learning and wish to succeed and those who show limited if any, enthusiasm towards learning and point fingers when they fail.

It could be argued that my opinion is harsh, but it’s something I’ve experienced and it’s a shame there are some that don’t appreciate education.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t prevent all young people from changing their attitude towards education.

The likelihood is that we will see debate after debate across our television channels, with varied educationalists spouting their opinions.

Which is fine. But I think it’s important for all of us to acknowledge that nobody other than the students themselves are primarily responsible for these results.

Society today is hugely different to what it was like many years ago. There are more things for young people to explore, a seemingly endless list of distractions.

Education requires us to follow a syllabus which many may find uninteresting, so they get distracted by what else is around them.

Maybe if schools had more influence towards what and how they teach particular subjects, we’d see more benefits across the country.