Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members have received a report which sets out the provisional education outcomes for the borough’s pupils at each stage of the National Curriculum.
The Provisional Education Outcomes in Barnsley (2019) report presents a comprehensive picture of continuing improvement, including the closing of the gap between Barnsley’s pupils and national averages in many areas.
The percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined at Key Stage 2 is above the national average.
The percentage of pupils achieving a strong pass in English Language/Literature and mathematics (The Basics) at Key Stage 4 is above national for the very first time since its introduction in 2016/17.
The percentage of pupils achieving a standard pass in The Basics at Key Stage 4 has improved further to 3 percentage points above the national average. Barnsley is now ranked 92nd out of the 150 local authorities in England reporting this measure. In 2010/11 when a performance measure for GCSE English and mathematics was first introduced, Barnsley ranked 149th with outcomes 14.9 percentage points below the national average.
The average Attainment 8 score for Barnsley pupils increased by 2.5 percentage points in 2019 and is now just 0.5 below the national average, which remained at 44.5 percentage points.
Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director of People Directorate, said; “We are pleased to see continued improvement in Barnsley. We want every child to be able to achieve their potential and will continue to drive results forward. There is always more that can be done, and we will continue to work with schools and academy leaders to deliver education improvement across the borough.”
The report, which also identifies areas for further improvement, the report can be read in full here.
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