Education Committee Meeting – Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The monthly meeting of the Education Committee took place on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. The open agenda session dealt with the review of assessments in both the Primary and Secondary schools.

In Primary education it is encouraging to note that the average Standardised Scores are at Age Related Expectation (ARE) in Mathematics and English across Years 2-6.  49% of children achieved at or above ARE in Maths and 55.9% of children achieved at ARE or above in English. In Year 6, whilst there was a dip in attainment in English with 43% of children at or above ARE compared to 56.1% in 2018, there was improvement shown in Maths with 56.8% of students achieving at or above ARE compared to 41.5% in 2018 and in Science 47.7% compared with 33.3% in 2018. Results also identified children with exceptional talent attaining scores way above the Age Related Expectation.

In secondary education, the GCSE pass rate at five A*- C/4-9 including English and Mathematics was 43% against a set target of 40%. This was an improvement from 37% in 2018. In GCSE Mathematics, 50% of students achieved 4 – 9 grades compared to 37% in 2018. The UK average 4 – 9 for 2019 is 59.6%. In English, 57% of students gained A*- C grades; the same as in 2018. The UK average 4 – 9 for 2019 was 61.8%. The top performing male student achieved A*A* in Co-ordinated Sciences (Double Award); As in Geography, ICT and Travel and Tourism, B in English Language; a 6 in English Literature and an 8 in Mathematics. The top performing female student achieved AA in Co-ordinated Sciences (Double Award); As in English Language, ICT and Geography; a 6 in Mathematics and a 6 in English Literature.

There was a 95% pass rate at A Level with 20 examinations passed out of a total of 21 examinations sat by nine students. The top performing student in Year 13 achieved a B in Mathematics, B in Chemistry and a B in Biology.

It was noted that the number of children in the system with complex needs and significant behaviour challenges was increasing. The importance of parental support was discussed and Head Teachers continue to encourage parents to support their children’s education both at school and at home.

The Education Committee concluded by appreciating the efforts of all staff in the attainment of good results.

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