Town hall: Why we don’t know how many pupils got five GCSEs

Alfreton Grange GCSE results
Alfreton Grange GCSE results

Education chiefs in St Helens say they were unable to collect overall GCSE A* to C grades following a shift in recording attainment.

Town hall chiefs instead revealed a new measurement - called Attainment 8 - which increased from the 2015 figures.

Nationwide, attainment of five A* to C grades has fallen.

A spokesman for St Helens Council said: “We were not able to collect the overall figure of A*-C GCSE results from all nine of our state-funded schools.

“In addition, this metric has been replaced by the Attainment 8 measure for the purpose of recording attainment at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2016.

“In 2013, the government announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It includes two new headline measures, Attainment 8 and Progress 8.

“The new performance measures are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on an academic core at KS4, and reward schools for the teaching of all their pupils, measuring performance across 8

qualifications.

“In such circumstances, schools revised their provision to meet the demands of that change to a more academic curriculum, and the move away from 5ACEM from 2016.”