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Hertfordshire schools continue to make the grade

Early indications show that Hertfordshire schools remain above the national standards in assessment throughout all school phases, from Early Years to KS4.

This year’s GCSEs are the first that were graded under the new grading system, in which numbers 9–1 are awarded to KS4 pupils in maths and English. Nationally, 51,257 grade 9s were awarded across English language, English literature and maths.

In a statement, published by the Department for Education, Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, congratulated students on GCSE results day as well as praising the dedication of teachers.

Today, hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds find out the results of two years or more of hard work and study. They will now move onto the next phase of their education well-equipped for what lies ahead and I would like to thank their teachers, whose dedication and hard work has helped them achieve success,” he said.

The government’s new gold-standard GCSEs in English and maths have been benchmarked against the best in the world, raising academic standards for pupils. These reforms represent another step in our drive to raise standards, so that pupils have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a global workplace.”

Speaking about how this year’s results differs from previous year’s, Ben Fuller, Lead Assessment Adviser at Herts for Learning, said:

This year’s results are not comparable with last year’s for two key reasons. Firstly, the change in grades, from letters (A*–G) to numbers (9–1) in English and maths – coupled with the new terminology of a ‘standard pass’ (a Grade 4 or above) and a ‘strong pass’ (5 or above) – means that the key measure (proportion of children achieving a good pass in both English and maths) is not comparable with previous years."

Secondly, when looking at the Attainment 8 score, this figure is not comparable due to changes in the values assigned to certain grades. For example, last year, if a student achieved a C grade in every subject, their Attainment 8 score would be 50 points."

This year, if they achieve a C grade in every subject, (or a 4 in English and maths) in every subject, their Attainment 8 score would be 40 points."

We will have a clearer idea of national standards when the Statistical First Release is produced in October, but early indications show a strong performance in Hertfordshire.”

Elsewhere, early indications also show that Hertfordshire schools remain above the national figures in KS2 reading, writing and mathematics.

This year the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard was 65%, an increase of 6% from the previous year and 4% above the national outcome.

Similar results were seen in KS1, with 67% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, 3% higher than the national result.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, last year proved to be another successful year in Hertfordshire, with 72% achieving the good level of development, a 2% increase on the previous year.

To read the full statement from Nick Gibb, please visit the Department for Education website here:

By Ryan Fisher, Journalist

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