Education boss hails continued schools improvement

THE continued success of Thurrock Council’s education policies were hailed at Wednesday (9 November) meeting of the cabinet.

Cllr Oliver Gerrish — portfolio holder for education — was speaking to a progress report on standards in early years, primary and secondary education.

He told the meeting: “This is another opportunity to applaud the success that we have seen in improving standards but to reflect, too, on the work that still needs to be done.”

Cllr Gerrish said: “The additional data we’ve received since last time is around Key Stage 4 performance, and shows that the national average of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths rose by three percentage points to 58.3 per cent.

“Thurrock has improved by 3.1 percentage points on top of the 10 per cent improvement last year, to achieve 59.9 per cent.”

He added: “Clearly, there’s more to do, and in the budget consultation for this year we are looking at several measures for improvement.

“However, it’s very important to recognise success where it has occurred – and so we should say another big well done to schools, teachers, parents and pupils for all their hard work.”

The budget consultation is available online through the council’s home webpage, www.thurrock.gov.uk

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