Raising the Bar – better GCSE results.

2015_06_25 Laura Wright Singing at Raising the Bar AwardsA few weeks ago the achievements of Suffolk pupils, teachers, schools and many more, were honoured at SCC’s second Raising the Bar Awards which I had the pleasure to attend and honour to present one of the awards at.

As I sat there I pondered the effect such events and the Leadership being displayed has on our schools system and what difference to the A level and GCSE results would it have.

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen those result published albeit the data is unverified and there can be a surprising amount of movement in that process. But overall its good news with A levels students achieving about the same and in the standard measure of five good GCSEs including Maths and English there was a rise of 4%.  In amongst the sea of stats there are is some excellent news that the results for disadvantages students have made a substantial improvement with 73% of schools reporting increased grades for disadvantages students.  But elsewhere there are still far too many schools hailing the results a great success, but when you put the results in context, their results are far from a measure of success.

So there is much to do but signs that our programme is working and things like the Raising the Bar event which was opened by Suffolk’s very own Laura Wright who sang beautifully and later on gave an inspirational speech about her own journey through education and the drive and determination it has taken her to achieve what she has in her life, are beginning to make a difference.

Some of Suffolk’s Academies are amongst the best performing schools and yet others are amongst the worse and during the interval I chatted with Tim Coulson, the East of England’s Academy Commissioner, about the changing nature of the relationship between Schools and the County Council as more look to move to be Academies and the very different outcomes that seem to be achieved.  I made the point that for all the change residents do look to their Councillors to help them navigate through the myriad of choices and to make sure standards of all schools are improving.  I also said the County Council is still charged with the planning of school places, paying for and building new schools, so a close working relationship is something we need to have and we agreed to meet to discuss how we could continue to build that here in Suffolk. It is interesting to note in the recent exam results a number of schools not in Local Authority control have yet to publish their results, and lets face it is not because the result are outstanding.  I personally think this is utterly unacceptable, parents have the right to know just as soon as the results are published.

60 shortlisted finalists across 20 categories were invited to the awards ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.  The ceremony was a celebration of education in Suffolk and how the county is Raising the Bar. everyone of the schools who won display the sort of system Leadership we need.

Education should be open and honest and most schools have published their results but disappointingly some are refusing to publish and thus are frankly displaying the sort of poor Leadership we need to work out of the system, you show Leadership by publishing your results.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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