Changes to GCSE results will boost schools’ performance, says report

Schools in North Tyneside could see a rise in their performances when new measures are introduced, a report has revealed.

They are currently judged on their performance by the number of students that achieve five A*-C GCSEs.

The forthcoming Attainment 8 measure will encourage schools in North Tyneside to enter their pupils to sit eight eligible GCSEs, pulling on results across all subjects rather than the current five or more A* to C grades.

Dr Rebecca Allen

However, a report by Education Datalab shows that the new Attainment 8 structure will change perceptions of success by judging schools across eight subject results, regardless of the final grade.

Instead of the C/D threshold being important, from 2016 it is the results of every pupil. At the moment schools in North Tyneside are achieving a combined score of 48.5, with Attainment 8 this could increase to 52.2.

The eight subjects students will be required to enter must include English and maths, three from a choice of science, computer science, geography or languages and the final three by any other GCSE or eligible qualification.

The report predicts North Tyneside will be among the top 20 local authorities with the most potential to improve.

Dr Rebecca Allen, director of Education Datalab, said: “The forthcoming Attainment 8 measure will encourage schools in North Tyneside to enter their pupils to sit eight eligible GCSEs, pulling on results across all subjects rather than the current five or more A* to C grades.

“This will allow those in North Tyneside that are currently poorly performing with pupils completing fewer GCSEs to make rapid improvements in their performance simply by ‘filling the entry slots’.”