Top marks for standards in education across the board
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.”