Pupils’ achievement levels on the increase

Education outcomes for children and young people in Barnsley will be on the agenda at the next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 13 May.

A report due to be presented to Cabinet members gives details of these outcomes, broken down by pupil group, from assessments taken in 2017.

It provides an overview from the Early Years Foundation Stage (age 4/5) to Key Stage 5 (A-Level).

The highlights of the report include

  • For children in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the percentage achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) has increased, from 66 per cent in 2016 to 69 per cent in 2017. National results have improved from 69 per cent to 71 per cent, meaning the Barnsley/national gap has closed from three percentage points in 2016 to two percentage points in 2017.
  • The percentage of children at the end of primary school (Key Stage 2) achieving the expected levels in all three subject areas of reading, writing and maths has increased from 53 per cent to 59 per cent.
  • Progress rates for pupils between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are above national averages in writing and maths.
  • At Key Stage 4 (GCSE level) the gap between Barnsley and national results on the new Attainment 8 measure (qualifications achieved across eight subjects) is just 0.6 points.
  • At Key Stage 4, 59.7 per cent of Barnsley students have achieved a grade 4 or better (equivalent to a C grade) in both English language/literature and maths, which is above the national average for all schools of 59.1 per cent.

The report also outlines some areas for improvement:

  • Outcomes for boys in EYFS.
  • Reading in EYFS and for primary aged children.
  • Outcomes for disadvantaged (pupil premium) students.
  • Outcomes for children with special educational needs.
  • Progress 8 score at Key Stage 4 (the measure of the average progress for all students in relation to their prior attainment). 

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “We’ve been eagerly awaiting these significant improvements in pupils’ achievements which have taken place in recent years. This report shows that we are continuing to progress and I commend everyone whose role it has been to bring about improvements in teaching and learning standards in Barnsley during this period.

“Barnsley Council’s ambition is to improve results in Barnsley to national average and above so we will continue to work on improvement across all areas, including those highlighted.”

The full report can be read here: https://bit.ly/2JdwSow

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