Action planned to turn educational results around in Rotherham following fall in results

Educational results slipped for many pupils in Rotherham last year, prompting the council to plan action to turn the situation around.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:45 am

A ‘summit around the child’ is planned, a joint enterprise involving different agencies which can influence children’s development to look for ways forward.

That is expected to ‘respond to the social economic challenges facing the young people of Rotherham’, according to a council report.

When students reached the A Level stage in Rotherham, they performed better than the national average for exam results.

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At key stage one and two levels, numbers of pupils reaching expected levels of development both fell, compared to the previous year.

But at the other end of the scale, results slipped.

At the early years foundation stage, one of benchmarks used to monitor progress, 70.3 per cent of pupils were deemed to be achieving a good level of development, down 2.8 per cent on the previous year.

At key stage one and two levels, numbers of pupils reaching expected levels of development both fell, compared to the previous year.

The picture improved for older pupils, with key stage four children improving on the previous year.

The report states that one objective of future work is to ‘improve achievement of disadvantaged pupils by addressing wider issues than only academic outcomes’.

That includes preparing pupils for life beyond education, so they are in a stronger position to make the leap into the working world.

It is aimed to improve both the number of schools in the town getting Ofsted ratings of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ from the current 79.3 per cent, which trails the national figure of 86 per cent.