Provisional educational outcomes for 2021

Cabinet members will receive the provisional education outcomes for Key Stages 4 and 5 at their next meeting on Wednesday 15 December. This year’s report doesn’t cover Early Years or Key Stages 1 and 2, as all statutory tests for those years were cancelled.

There were lots of successes this year, including:

  • The percentage of students achieving a Standard Pass in The Basics (grade 4 and above in English Language/Literature and Maths) remains above the national level.
  • The percentage of students entered for the English Baccalaureate is now above national.
  • The percentage of students with an Education Health and Care Plan continue to outperform the national figures when considering the Attainment 8 Score (a pupil’s average score across eight subjects), Standard Pass in The Basics, entry to the English Baccalaureate and the English Baccalaureate average point score.
  • There continues to be improvements for Looked After Children at Key Stage 4.
  • The average A Level grade for Barnsley remained at grade B and is equal to national.
  • Continuing improvements to the percentage of students achieving AAB at Key Stage 5, including two facilitating subjects.

There have been small decreases in some measures for Key Stage 4 compared to 2020, and this trend can also be seen in our statistical neighbouring authorities. This may reflect the impact that Covid-19 has had on our communities. It may also reflect the different methods that have been used to award grades. However, when compared to 2019, educational outcomes have improved.

We’ll continue working with school and academy leaders in Barnsley to improve educational outcomes and review our Education Improvement Strategy so that we are focusing and investing in the things that will make the biggest difference. Some of the key actions that are already underway include:

  • Continue with the Launchpad for Literacy project, to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
  • Focused investment and support to improve pupil’s writing
  • Continue to invest in the workforce including leadership and curriculum development training
  • Improve inclusion and support for children and young people with SEND

Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “Our borough is a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be. We’re extremely proud of all our young people in Barnsley and know that they have worked hard during a very challenging year. I hope they are excited and ambitious for the next stage in their education or career.

“We’ll continue working with schools and academies to drive education improvements. I'd like to thank all the young people and school staff involved for raising the standards in Barnsley, as well as parents and carers for supporting them."

Read the provisional educational outcomes 2021 cabinet report here

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