Maths re­sults show an im­prove­ment

Lo­cal fig­ures are bet­ter than av­er­age for coun­try

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Exam re­sults for school leavers in West Loth­ian are out­strip­ping the rest of the coun­try, with pass rates for maths up 20 per cent.

West Loth­ian Coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­ec­u­tive wel­comed the re­port de­liv­ered by Dr Elaine Cook, de­pute chief ex­ec­u­tive, which shows im­prove­ments across fourth, fifth and sixth year exam re­sults.

Leavers from all schools in the county are show­ing im­proved pass rates. Schools are con­sis­tently above the na­tional av­er­age and com­par­isons with so­cially sim­i­lar schools else­where in Scot­land.

Ex­plain­ing de­tailed ta­bles of re­sults Dr Cook said: “At ev­ery level we are go­ing past the na­tional av­er­age in at­tain­ment ver­sus de­pri­va­tion fig­ures.”

Staff and pupils across the high schools were praised for their ef­forts in boost­ing re­sults as part of the Rais­ing At­tain­ment Strat­egy.

The only sub­jects in the re­port marked “could do bet­ter” were bi­ol­ogy, ge­og­ra­phy and de­sign and man­u­fac­ture, all sub­jects which “could im­prove.”

Coun­cil­lor Chris Horne told the com­mit­tee: “It’s an in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive pic­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Pauline Clark said: “It’s re­ally heart­en­ing to hear about the im­prove­ments in maths.”

West Loth­ian is one of the best per­form­ing ar­eas in the coun­try in maths and in the run­ning for a na­tional award.

Coun­cil­lor Stu­art Bor­row­man asked: “It’s clearly a ris­ing tide, but is the at­tain­ment gap clos­ing?”

“In West Loth­ian, it is clos­ing”, said Dr Cook.

Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for ed­u­ca­tion David Dodds said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that at­tain­ment has been im­prov­ing con­tin­u­ously in West Loth­ian since 2012.

“West Loth­ian is now per­form­ing bet­ter than our com­para­tor coun­cils in all the key ar­eas, in ev­ery school in West Loth­ian.

“This is im­por­tant as it means more and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple, whether it’s con­tin­u­ing their stud­ies at their choice of col­lege or univer­sity, get­ting a bet­ter job with more prospects or tak­ing up train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s taken a huge amount of work by coun­cil staff and pupils to achieve this, sup­ported by par­ents/car­ers and the rest of the school com­mu­nity, so thanks to ev­ery­one who has played a part in this suc­cess.”

Coun­cil HQ The re­port was wel­comed at a meet­ing in the civic cen­tre

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