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Brighton Journal | August 17, 2019

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GCSE Results Double For City’s Children in Care

GCSE Results Double For City’s Children in Care
Hannah Midgley

Following GCSE results day last Thursday (23rd August), it’s been revealed that children in care in Brighton & Hove have achieved hugely improved Maths and English GCSE results this year.

This news comes after it was released last week that overall GCSE results in schools across Brighton & Hove have improved this year.

Most GCSEs are now being graded from 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade. Government guidance advises that a Grade 4 is considered a ‘standard’ pass.

This new system was introduced last year for maths and English, but this year nearly 20 other subjects are now also being graded in this way, and the exams themselves have been seen by many as being tougher than before.

Figures received from schools across the city in the government’s key maths and English accountability measures are as follows: 2018 grades 9 to 4 in maths are 28.3 per cent (up from 13.3 per cent last year); grades 9 to 4 in English are  28.3 per cent (up from 20.0 per cent last year); and grades 9 to 4 in English and maths combined are 21.7 per cent (an increase from 10.0 per cent last year).

These results are provisional and will be subject to formal verification later this year.

The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills department, Councillor Dan Chapman, on this news said:

“These results are a huge improvement on last year’s achievements. All of these students have worked tremendously hard and I congratulate all of them on their successes.

“It’s in no small part down to the great work our Virtual School for children in care and children previously in care does to improve educational outcomes and support their development.

“But I’d also like to thank our city’s teachers, support staff, foster carers and social workers for all the work they do in partnership to support our children in care.

“Ofsted has recently judged the experiences of our children in care and care leavers to be ‘good’, and we are absolutely committed to maintaining our high aspirations for all of our children in care and care leavers.”

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