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County schools are meeting the standard

Published
10.07.2018

Gloucestershire schools are achieving high standards and seeing improved pupil performance says a recent report.

The report published by Gloucestershire County Council focuses on the performance and standards of schools across the county during the 2016/17 academic year. It highlights that 85% of schools in Gloucestershire are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. 

It goes into detail on the achievement in the four different Key Stage (KS) areas including early years, children in years one and two (KS1), years three to six (KS2) and young people in years ten and eleven (KS4 - GCSE level).

Children in early years education and primary schools are performing well and are improving each year. The level of development of young children at early years level is improving in the three main areas; communication and language, physical development and person, social and emotional development. These areas are essential for children’s healthy development.

Primary school pupils are making good progress in reading and writing, maths and science.

Students in years ten and eleven have a good level of attainment, but it is difficult to compare their progress to previous years due to the change in the assessment and grading system for GCSE’s.

From the report we can see that Gloucestershire is a high performing county overall but there are some areas which are not performing as well. To make sure children continue to achieve in education, the council are supporting schools to make improvements where necessary.

The council is working with early years settings to reduce the range in achievement of those in their early years. Staff are also supporting primary schools to help pupils achieve a high standard and greater depth of understanding in reading, writing maths and science.

The priority for secondary schools is to further improve students’ achievement in both English and maths.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Supporting children and young people to achieve their aspirations is a priority for the council. The latest report shows that in the majority of areas children are achieving a high standard, but there are some areas that need to improve. We will continue to monitor our county’s schools, challenge them where standards are unacceptably low and where more support is needed make sure there is a plan in place to drive up standards.” 

You can find the cabinet report at http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/g8900/Public%20reports%20pack%20Wednesday%2018-Jul-2018%2010.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10