Published on Saturday, 27th August 2016


Exam results in Portsmouth this year were sharply better, halving the attainment gap with the rest of the country as a result.

58% of GCSE entries in the city’s state schools were graded A*-C, compared to 51% last year. Across England as a whole that figure feel from 69% to 67%. About half the national drop can be explained by new rules that compel students with lower grades to re-sit English and Maths, the rest is the result of tougher marking standards.

The rise in attainment in Portsmouth is spread across most of the city’s secondary schools. It partly reflects the role of academy chains in improving the quality of teaching – and of course hard work by local teenagers.

Local authorities are due to lose responsibility for school improvement from next September, after which it will sit with regional schools’ commissioner and central government. However by guiding schools through the process of switching to academy status, the council has had real influence over the last couple of years and I will be sorry to lose it.


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