Education reforms started in 2010 are working, claims the Government, as the proportion of schools judged as good or outstanding reaches a record high.
According to latest Ofsted figures, 82 per cent of schools now reach these high standards.
The statistics reveal that 20 per cent of schools were outstanding at their most recent inspection, 62 per cent were good, 16 per cent required improvement and two per cent (458 schools) were inadequate.
The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools rose from 82 per cent in September 2014 to 83 per cent in March 2015.
In the secondary sector, good or outstanding schools make up 73 per cent of the total – up from 71 per cent at the beginning of the academic year.
The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools is now the same for academies and maintained primary schools.
However, academies are still leading the way for secondaries – 76 per cent of academies are good or better compared with 67 per cent of maintained schools.
The report states: “Due to an increase in the outcomes for local authority maintained school and a decrease in the outcomes for academies, the percentage of primary schools which are good or better is now 83 per cent for both of these groups.”
Ofsted said this was partly due to weaker schools leaving local authority control, which improved the average for maintained schools, while the schools concerned had not yet had inspections as sponsor-led academies.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “This [82 per cent figure] equates to more than 1 million more pupils in good or outstanding schools than when we began our reforms in 2010, a testament to the hard work of teachers, head teachers and governors across the country.”
The figures also show that there are no inadequate nursery schools in England and 97 per cent are good or outstanding.
Among special schools, 89 per cent are good or outstanding and 85 per cent of pupil referral units are in these categories.