Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gradings Are Down in Almost All Areas ; the Number of Students Getting Good GCSE Results Dropped in Nearly Every Borough. the Number of Students Getting Good GCSE Results Dropped in Nearly Every Borough

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gradings Are Down in Almost All Areas ; the Number of Students Getting Good GCSE Results Dropped in Nearly Every Borough. the Number of Students Getting Good GCSE Results Dropped in Nearly Every Borough

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The latest figures show that the number of students getting good GCSE results this year dropped in nine of the 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester. The latest figures show that the number of students getting good GCSE results this year dropped in nine of the 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester.

tHE number of students getting good GCSE results this year dropped in nine of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs.

Only Trafford showed an increase with 71.4 per cent of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs, or equivalents, at A* to C including English and maths - up from 70.5 per cent in 2012/13.

In Salford, the figure was 46.5pc - down from 54.8pc. In Manchester, it was 50.7pc, down from 53.1pc.

The proportion of pupils getting five A* and C grades including English and maths in England dropped from 59.2 per cent in 2012/13 to 52.6 per cent in 2013/14. Changes brought in by the coalition government is likely to be in part responsible for the drop.

Changes included a reduction to the coursework element of some GCSEs, changes in grade boundaries, and new rules that mean if pupils re-sit a GCSE, only the first grade achieved will count towards the school's overall results.

However, latest figures released by the Department for Education show that results at Manchester schools are improving at a faster rate than schools nationally, and that the gap between results locally and nationally is narrowing.

The gap between the Manchester and national averages has narrowed from 6.1 per cent last year, to just 1.9 per cent this year.

Executive member for children's services, Coun Sheila Newman, said: "The gap in achievement between Manchester schools and other schools nationally has been closing for the last few years, but we're now within sight of seeing that gap closed altogether."

She added: "We've been working closely with our schools for some time now - supporting, challenging, and putting arrangements in place with them to ensure good practice is shared - in a bid to drive up standards and improve results. …

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