Liverpool is top of the class
Ministers have rated Liverpool as the best performing ‘value
added’ local authority in the North West. The government’s
latest GCSE league tables show that, when taking social factors into
consideration, schools in Liverpool are doing better than anywhere
else in the region.
The ‘value added scale’ is based on the progress pupils make
in secondary schools when taking into account factors which can
effect pupils’ grades, such as special educational needs,
deprivation, and having English as a 2nd language. The scale
is the most accurate way of judging the ‘difference’ schools
make to pupils. It measures schools’ success in helping every child
learn, regardless of their level of ability or social circumstances.
As well as outstripping the rest of the North West, Liverpool is
also the highest ranked major city in the UK outside London on the
value added scale.
Liverpool City Council’s chief executive Colin Hilton said:-
“Education in Liverpool continues to go from strength to strength
and this is reflected in the latest league tables. I’m delighted
that the city is leading the way when it comes to making sure all
pupils, from all different backgrounds, are able to fulfil their
academic potential. It’s the latest success story for
education in Liverpool, and although we still have work to do, we
are now seeing real, significant progress in the academic progress
of young people in this city.”
In 2006, the number of Liverpool pupils gaining 5 or more A* - C
grades rose dramatically from 50.1% to 55.6%. The national average
is 56%, meaning the city reduced the gap from 5.6% to just 0.4%.
Top performing Liverpool schools included St Francis of Assisi
Academy which was named the top achieving value added secondary
school in the country and Fazakerley High, which doubled the number
of pupils getting high-grade GCSEs from 30% to 60%.
The council’s executive director for children’s services, Stuart
Smith, said:- “Liverpool remains the most deprived city in the
country, but our educational attainment levels continue to improve
faster than the national average. Indeed, in 2006, our GCSE results
improved at about 4 times the national rate. We have invested
millions in our schools, and year after year we are seeing major
improvements in teaching standards and pupil attainment. To be
ranked as the best value added education authority in the North West
and one of the best in the country is testament to the hard work of
the students, teachers, governors and parents who are helping us
develop a first class education service.”
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