in Essex have done themselves proud again this year, capped off with some
excellent GCSE results.
significant changes to the way subjects are graded, today’s provisional data
shows 66.2% per cent achieved at least level 4 (a pass at grade C under the old
system) in English and maths – above standards for 2016 A* to C English and
already achieved some very positive A-Level and Key Stage 2 SATs results this
summer, the county’s strong GCSE showing rounds off another fantastic year for
education in Essex.
continue to support and challenge schools to improve, including though the
championing of a school-led improvement system, and Ofsted ratings were again
incredibly positive this year.
per cent of Essex schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted,
compared with 70 per cent in 2013 – the year I first took over responsibility
for Education at Essex County Council.
is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work of schools and our
teams here at the council.
the other key highlights this year was the record percentages of pupils offered
their parents’ preferred primary and secondary school places for September.
have a strong track record of investment in schools and the £74million spent
creating 2,535 new school places across the county for the new academic year
undoubtedly played a big part.
has been a particularly big focus on improving the education of children and
young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) this year
and we have also celebrated some excellent achievements in that area.
to spend up to £115million on creating new special school places have been
approved, a new network of autism support centres have opened and there has
been some good progress in improving outcomes for pupils with SEND.
the significant challenges faced by both schools and the council, it has been
another very successful year and I would like to congratulate pupils, teachers
and colleagues on their achievements.
our role with schools is evolving, I look forward to continuing to work closely
with them during the years ahead and remain as committed as ever to ensuring
pupils receive the best possible education and have the skills they and the
county need to prosper.