Northamptonshire County Council`s defending itself after being criticised for its education provision.
Yesterday, head of OfSted Sir Michael Wilshaw and the watchdog`s regional chief Chris Russell both said they were concerned about low levels of achievement by pupils in Northants.
In a statement to Connect FM, a spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “Boosting performance in all of our schools and improving outcomes for young people is a key priority for the county council.
“Last year, we launched our Race to the Top strategy which aims to make Northamptonshire one of the highest performing counties for education by 2020 by encouraging schools to strive for excellence.
“This has three main components: to train, recruit and retain the best teachers and education leaders; implement a challenge and intervention strategy for all schools to ensure rapid improvement where there are concerns; and to strengthen links with business and industry.”