Concern as Education Standards Fall Under Labour in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group Spokesman for Children & Young People’s Services, Councillor Philip Owen has expressed concern that the overall performance of County schools is declining, compared with the national average at GCSE and A-Level.  His comments followed a meeting of theChildren & Young People’s Committee where (under item 4) Members were presented with performance figures for Nottinghamshire Schools and Academies for the Academic Year 2014/15.

The Committee was presented with an analysis of Key Stage 4 pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE between 2005 and 2015. It shows that Nottinghamshire’s performance rapidly improved and overtook the national average under the previous Conservative administration at Nottinghamshire County Council (2009-2013), but is now declining at a faster rate than the national average.  The County’s ranking in the national league tables for pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths has dropped 38 places to 83rd from 45th in 2013.

The Committee was also presented with an analysis of Key Stage 5 A-Level Average Point Score (APS) per exam entry between 2011 and 2015. It showed that (from a low position) Nottinghamshire’s performance was improving at a faster rate than the national average until 2014, but is now in decline while national performance continues to improve.

 


Nottinghamshire Conservatives voice concern about decline in GCSE and A-Level Performance

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Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group Spokesman for Children & Young People’s Services, Councillor Philip Owen has expressed concern that the overall performance of County schools is declining, compared with the national average at GCSE and A-Level.  His comments followed a meeting of theChildren & Young People’s Committee where (under item 4) Members were presented with performance figures for Nottinghamshire Schools and Academies for the Academic Year 2014/15.

The Committee was presented with an analysis (shown below) of Key Stage 4 pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE between 2005 and 2015. It shows that Nottinghamshire’s performance rapidly improved and overtook the national average under the previous Conservative administration at Nottinghamshire County Council (2009-2013), but is now declining at a faster rate than the national average.  The County’s ranking in the national league tables for pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths has dropped 38 places to 83rd from 45th in 2013.

 

The Committee was also presented with an analysis of Key Stage 5 A-Level Average Point Score (APS) per exam entry between 2011 and 2015. It showed that (from a low position) Nottinghamshire’s performance was improving at a faster rate than the national average until 2014, but is now in decline while national performance continues to improve.

 

 

Councillor Philip Owen said:-

“We know that GCSE marking has become tougher and results across the country have dipped, but I am alarmed that Nottinghamshire’s performance is falling faster than the national rate, reversing several years of improvement.” 

“Likewise, A-level performance in Nottinghamshire improved considerably between 2011 and 2014 and was catching up with the national average, but this momentum has now been lost.  Nottinghamshire’s performance is falling while national results are still rising.” 

“These alarming statistics have gone under the radar to some extent, because outcomes in Nottingham City have been even worse and have grabbed the headlines.  Good progress was being made in Nottinghamshire until 2013, but not anymore.”

Councillor Philip Owen continued:-

“It is now the responsibility of the Regional Schools Commissioner to investigate poor outcomes and hold underperforming academies and free schools to account.  I am calling on Nottinghamshire County Council to demand that the Commissioner attends meetings of our Children & Young People’s Committee on a quarterly basis to discuss outcomes and explain what action is being taken.”