Im­prov­ing re­sults should lift city’s rank­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

This year has seen an im­prove­ment in Peter­bor­ough GCSE pass rates. As many re­gional sta­tis­tics show an over­all drop in pass rates the fig­ures for Peter­bor­ough show an en­cour­ag­ing step in the right di­rec­tion in terms of the per­cent­age of passes at A* to C and also the num­bers gain­ing good grades in English and maths. The de­tail is ex­plained in this week’s com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the GCSE and BTec re­sults achieved at lo­cal schools. What is still to come later in the year is Peter­bor­ough’s re­sults in the na­tional league ta­bles. These will be im­por­tant be­cause the city has been lan­guis­ing at the foot of the ta­ble con­sis­tently and a move up the ta­ble is much needed. Hope­fully the im­prove­ments de­liv­ered by the staff and pupils in city schools this year for which they de­serve great credit will see the city climb the rank­ings. Make no mis­take, im­prov­ing re­sults is a real achieve­ment. Mark­ing is tougher, cur­ricu­lums more rig­or­ous and com­pe­ti­tion stronger ev­ery year. The re­gional fig­ures sug­gest not ev­ery lo­cal au­thor­ity will see an over­all im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous years. Hope­fully the in­di­ca­tors so far will mean that Peter­bor­ough does. That is im­por­tant be­cause busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers want to see a strong ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor when they look at in­vest­ing in Peter­bor­ough. They look at the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity league ta­bles when they con­sider in­vest­ing in our lo­cal econ­omy.Much has been in­vested in ed­u­ca­tion at all lev­els in the city and the A-level and GCSE re­sults are a ma­jor barom­e­ter for how suc­cess­ful that is prov­ing. Show­ing that league ta­ble im­prove­ment would be the best re­sult of all for the city.

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