Secondary schools in Essex are celebrating after statistics published today confirmed the county performed above the national average under the Government’s new GCSE measures.
Data released by the Department for Education, alongside the secondary school performance tables, shows the Attainment 8 score for Essex (average grade across set of eight subjects) is 50.4 – above the national average of 50.1.
As a result of today’s data, Essex is ranked 61 of all 151 local authorities. The county was ranked 74 for Attainment 8 last year.
The Government’s new measures aim to focus more on pupil progress rather than just exam results and the county’s Progress 8 score (average of all students' progress across eight subjects between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4) is in line with the national average.
64.3 per cent of pupils in Essex achieved a grade C or higher in both English and maths - above the national average of 63.3 per cent.
As well as the publication of revised Key Stage 4 results, the Department for Education also released revised A-Level results today.
16.6 per cent of students in state-funded schools in Essex attained three or more grades at AAB or better at A level which included two or more in facilitating subjects (subjects most commonly required at A-level) – above the national average of 15.6 per cent.
Due to changes in measures, direct comparisons with previous years are not possible.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Secondary schools in Essex are performing exceptionally well, with about 92 per cent currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with a national average of 79 per cent.
“I am very pleased that the hard work of teachers and pupils is also reflected in the revised GCSE results and secondary school performance tables.
“The introduction of new GCSE measures always presents an additional challenge and I am proud of what has been achieved.
“As a council, we remain committed to ensuring pupils receive the best possible education and we look forward to continuing to work closely with schools in the future.”