Top marks for stan­dards in ed­u­ca­tion across the board

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Ed­u­ca­tion Stan­dards Re­port was placed be­fore Bucks County Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net on Mon­day, May 23 and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills Coun­cil­lor Zahir Mo­hammed told col­leagues:

The over­all per­cent­age of pupils at­tend­ing good or out­stand­ing schools in the county has im­proved to 83 per cent – it was 74 per cent in 2011, and has risen by a per­cent­age on last year.

At the time of the re­port be­ing pub­lished, there were only three schools in the whole of Buck­ing­hamshire judged ‘in­ad­e­quate.’ This rep­re­sents 1.3 per cent of all schools in the county – com­pared to a na­tional av­er­age of 2 per cent. The fig­ure was 10 in 2013 and six in 2015.

The num­ber of pri­mary schools which are good or out­stand­ing is 91 per cent – which makes Bucks the best per­form­ing au­thor­ity in the South East. The av­er­age fig­ure for Eng­land is 85 per cent.

100 per cent of nurs­ery schools, pupil re­fer­ral units and spe­cial schools are judged to be good or out­stand­ing.

In March, the fig­ure for sec­ondary schools which were good or out­stand­ing was 67 per cent.

Mr Mo­hammed said the coun­cil’s focus con­tin­ues to be to im­prove the per­cent­age of pupils at­tend­ing good or out­stand­ing schools but he stressed the at­tain­ment gap for early years has im­proved.

He said a lot of ef­fort was be­ing put into nar­row­ing the gap be­tween dis­ad­van­taged groups and other pupils with the gap for chil­dren achiev­ing five plus A*to C GCSE grades, in­clud­ing English and Math­e­mat­ics nar­row­ing by three per cent in Buck­ing­hamshire, whereas na­tion­ally it had widened.

He said: “Over­all it is an ex­cel­lent re­port and an ex­cel­lent set of re­sults. The re­port shows an im­prov­ing pic­ture with an in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren at­tend­ing good or out­stand­ing schools in Buck­ing­hamshire, and fewer at­tend­ing in­ad­e­quate schools. This is an im­prov­ing pic­ture com­pared to both last year and com­pared with schools na­tion­ally, and it means that more chil­dren now have bet­ter chances aca­dem­i­cally. Ob­vi­ously chal­lenges re­main in im­prov­ing some of our schools and we will con­tinue to work with our part­ners.”

Coun­cil Leader Martin Tett said: “This is a first-class re­port. Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­body who has been re­spon­si­ble behind the scenes for pro­duc­ing it. It’s a wealth of in­for­ma­tion.”

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