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Pupils continue to perform well at GCSE

Staffordshire pupils continue to perform above the national average in GCSEs, it has been revealed today.

But, more work is needed to build on improved A-Level results and bring them in line with national statistics.

Staffordshire results in the 5+ A* – C including English and Maths are at 54.7%, still above the national average at 53.5%.

However, these figures are being replaced with new performance measures, including ‘Attainment 8’ score, which measures how well pupils have performed in a set number of subjects

Staffordshire pupils achieved an average Attainment 8 score of 48.9, just above the national average of 48.5.

However there is a different picture at A Level, where the Staffordshire Average Point Score (APS) per entry is now 30.43, just below the national APS of 32.41.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said:

“With the phasing out of the old performance measures and the introduction of the new Attainment 8 score amongst others, it is difficult to compare the latest set of results to previous years.  Even so, the results today show that Staffordshire children are continuing to perform above the national average and this is something we are keen to build on over the next few years.

“What I want to see now is an improvement in the progress of students, so schools are ensuring each pupil achieves their potential.

“It is clear that more needs to be done at A Level so we will continue to work with sixth forms, colleges and training providers to ensure results improve.

“We want people in Staffordshire to have the best possible chances of a fulfilling career so it’s vital that they have a choice of high quality academic, professional and technical courses.”