GCSE and EYFS data published – Friday 19 October 2018

This week I report on the publication of GCSE and EYFS data from last academic year and the Education Secretary’s speech on school exclusions.

Provisional GCSE and equivalent results in England, 2017 to 2018
Provisional results for 2017/18 were released this week and the key headlines are that the average Attainment 8 score per pupil remained relatively stable in comparison to 2017, EBacc entry has increased slightly since 2017 and the percentage of pupils achieving at least a grade 5 in English and Maths at GCSE has increased.

School performance tables – the achievements of pupils at Key Stage 4, and how they compare with other schools in their local authority area and in England were also published by the DfE this week. Revised figures, accounting for amendments made after September 2018, will be published in January 2019.

Destination data: Good practice guide – this guide is intended as an aid to understanding what destinations data is, what Destination Measures are (that are included in performance tables), and how they can both be used to improve careers provision and outcomes for young people in a school.

Early Years Foundation Stage national data published
Early Years Foundation Stage profile results were also released by the DfE this week showing that attainment is continuing to improve. Girls continue to do better than boys, but the gender gap has decreased for the percentage achieving a good level of development and other key measures.

Education Secretary to take action on school exclusions
On Wednesday the Education Secretary Damian Hinds spoke at a roundtable at the Centre for Social Justice on alternative provision and exclusions. The Government launched an externally-led review by former Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, this Spring to look at how exclusions are used and why certain groups are disproportionally affected.

The Education Secretary indicated he would take action on exclusions once Edward Timpson’s review has concluded, saying he would not rule out legislation to ensure more accountability for schools that permanently exclude children and place them in alternative provision.