Topping the tables for new GCSE measures

Published Friday, 26th January 2018

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Statistics published yesterday by the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed Southend-on-Sea as an overall area performed well above the national* average under the Government’s new GCSE measures.

Coming 16th out of 151 local authority areas for the new Attainment 8 measure, and 13th for students achieving Grade 5 or above in English and maths combined (54.1% compared to 42.6% nationally).

Grade 5 is now the threshold considered to be a ‘strong pass’ by the DfE.

Students also performed above the national average in Attainment 8, ranking us 16th in the country, with a score of 50.4 compared to the national of 46.3. In the Progress 8 measure Southend-on-Sea is ranked 40th with a score of 0.06 (2016 -0.01) compared to national score of -0.03.

Revised results also show that 70.9% (ranked 19th out of 151) of students in Southend-on-Sea achieved grade 4 or above in English & maths combined compared to 63.9% nationally. Grade 4 is the threshold considered to be a ‘standard pass’ by the DfE and the bottom of this grade aligns with the bottom of the previous C grade. In 2016, 69% of students achieved C or above in both English and maths compared to 63% nationally.

Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “These are yet again outstanding overall results for the Borough and I am very pleased that the hard work and commitment of students, teachers and their families are paying dividends. They should all be rightly proud of their achievements. The results show how our schools are continuing to improve in maths and English, which are so important for work, training or further education.

“We will continue to work hard with all local schools, parents and pupils to support them and build on these achievements long into the future. This commitment also extends to constructive partnership working and discussions through the Education Board with those local schools and academy trusts that do face challenges.”

Data also showed that 38.4 % of students entered all components of the English Baccalaureate with 30% of all students achieving all components and a ‘strong pass’ in English & Maths. This is compared to 38.2% of all students nationally entering and 21.3% achieving the measure.