League tables show state schools are raising achievement
Today's league tables show that many state schools are successfully raising achievement at Key Stage 4 for previously low-attaining pupils.
According to the Guardian, in 524 schools, at least 50% of pupils who had been below Level 4 at the end of KS2 gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C in 2011, including English and maths. Nationally, 6.5% of such pupils went on to achieve these results.
The tables also reveal that the average number of state school pupils achieving five passes at A*-C including English and maths has risen by 3.1 percentage points, to 58.2%.
There has also been a fall in the number of secondary schools classified as 'failing' based on their Key Stage 4 results, from 216 to 107.