Norfolk schools on track to miss 2015 GCSE target - despite forecast improvement

GCSE results are predicted to improve this year - but not hit the council's target

GCSE results are predicted to improve this year - but not hit the council's target - Credit: PA

Norfolk schools are on course to miss a key target for GCSE performance this year, despite a predicted improvement on 2014 results.

Norfolk County Council has set a goal of 63pc of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, but according to data presented at yesterday's Children's Services Committee, they are currently on track to record 55pc.

That would represent a three percentage point increase on last summer's total.

The predictions are based on half-termly data from schools whose outcomes are not rated good, together with 2014 results from schools that are rated good or outstanding.

They suggest there will be improvements in all districts in the county, with Great Yarmouth projected to see the biggest increase, from 44pc to 51pc.

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The data suggested a smaller increase in the proportion of children at primary schools gaining their key target, level four in reading, writing and maths.

Councillors heard that 75pc are predicated to achieve this in 2015, compared to 74pc last year. The council's target for 2015 is that 81pc of pupils achieve that level.

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