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New GCSE data shows Essex pupils achieved higher grades than national average

12 October 2017

Essex County Council is congratulating secondary schools after GCSE statistics published today showed the county again performed above the national average in the majority of measures.

About 15,000 young people were entered into GCSEs at schools in Essex this year, which was the first since the Government introduced a new numerical (9 to 1) grading system.

Provisional figures published for the first time by the Department for Education today show that Essex is performing above the national average under the Attainment 8 measure (average grade across the same suite of eight subjects) and broadly in line with the national average for Progress 8 (average of all students' progress across eight subjects between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4).

The percentage of pupils achieving a standard pass at GCSE (9-4) in English and maths is also above the national average (64.9 per cent compared to 63.5 per cent).

The new data means Essex is ranked 57th of all 151 local authorities under Attainment 8 and 72nd under Progress 8.

English language, English literature and maths were the only subjects to be graded under the new 9 to 1 scale, with others continuing to be graded A* to G.

Most other subjects are expected to adopt numerical grades by 2019.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Secondary schools in Essex continue to perform well and I am proud to hear that the county is again performing above the national average in the majority of measures. 

“Not only do 95 per cent of secondary pupils now attend a school rated as good or outstanding, but young people in Essex are also achieving higher grades than many of their peers elsewhere in the country. 

“I know that the new GCSE grading scales presented schools with an additional challenge this year and I would like to once again congratulate the teachers and young people on their achievements. 

“As a council, we remain committed to ensuring all pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and continue to work very closely with schools.”