Changes to the GCSE league tables have led to an abysmal national performance of private schools.
Last summer witnessed an increase in the number of schools which failed to meet the government’s minimum target of 40% pupil pass. Most schools fell below the 40% mark of pupils attaining passes of GSCE grades between A* and C in five subjects including English and Mathematics..
As published on Thursday, the DFE figures showed a total of 330 high schools in England fall below the minimum target of the GCSE league table. A study conducted in 2011 and 2012 reflected a fall of 154 in 2011 as opposed to 195 in 2012. On the national scale, schools had 53% of their pupils exceeding the government’s target showing a fall from 59% as at 2011.
Regardless of it being opposed, some local authorities together with a high proportion of some students with disadvantaged backgrounds within the London community gave their full support to the new changes made in the government’s league table. One of the Ark Academy Chain members, King Solomon Academy on the average had 93% which is two third of its student population which sat for the GCSE exam that year scoring five good GCSE grade passes. Charter Academy, one of the schools with students with a disadvantaged background was among the few schools that also achieved the most improved results. It recorded an increased rate of 79% in 2014 as opposed to a previous score of 39% in 2011.
The entire league table saw a massive review with a range of vocational qualifications removed and the weight of the other equivalent qualifications drastically reduced. The reasoning behind the review as later explained by Nicky Morgan, the educational secretary, stated that the change was to serve a good purpose by stripping out courses that offered little value, pressuring students to sit for exams when they’re not ready for it and avoid re-sits. It has helped schools see great improvements in students’ performance which initially wasn’t, he stated. Students are now taking on relevant academic subjects that will help them excel in life and at the workplace; they’re also spending more quality time by being in the classroom often to study and not constantly re-sitting failed exams. This he stated in his address.
The regional statistics of the 2014 GCSE results saw London Boroughs gunning for twelve places in the top twenty local authorities. With 73% of its students passing the minimum target by the government, Chelsea and Kensington topped the state school national league table. The second position on the table was taken by Trafford in greater Manchester closely followed by the Isles of Scilly. London Boroughs and Kingston-upon-Thames took the fourth and fifth places respectively. At the bottom was Knowsley who again performed abysmally; Bradford and Blackpool also recorded low student performance. All 155 students at King Edward VI Five Ways passed their GCSE exams with a high average score point of 685 per student.