Company `Fined' for Failing to Hit GCSE Target
Richard Garner Education Editor, The Independent (London, England)
THE FIRST private company to take over the running of a state education authority will be "fined" for the second year running for failing to meet its target for improving GCSE results.
CEA@Islington will lose part of the management fee of pounds 857,000 a year that it receives for overseeing Islington Council's schools and their support services, despite a significant improvement in results.
Provisional figures show that 32.7 per cent of its pupils in the north London borough achieved at least five top A* to C grades, compared to 28.7 per cent last year. But the figure fell short of 39 per cent, the target agreed when it took over the services two years ago.
The council and CEA@Islington said they were delighted with the improvement.
James Kempton, Islington's education representative, said: "These are Islington's best-ever set of GCSE results. We always said this was the year we would start to see the impact of the council's partnership with CEA@Islington in raising standards.
"There is still a great deal more work to be done and we know that we have set CEA@Islington very demanding targets. However, this is evidence that real progress is being made and gives everyone confidence that our secondary schools will continue to improve. …