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Kent schools above national average for English and Maths at GCSE

Schools in Kent have seen mixed fortunes in the first provisional GCSE results for pupils which measures some key subjects in a new way.

For the first time, students' performance in Maths and English has been marked in a way which replaces the former grading system with a numerical mark for the two subjects from 9-1.

Achieving a 5 or above is considered a 'strong pass', while a 4 is considered a pass. Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high). Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

Pupils in the east of Kent were less likely to go to university. Stock image
Pupils in the east of Kent were less likely to go to university. Stock image

Kent had 15,446 pupils at the end of key stage four, and 95.1 per cent of these were entered to take the new English and mathematics GCSEs.

Of these, overall 41.8% achieved a 9-5 strong pass, and 61.3% achieved a 9-4 pass.

This is better than the national average, where 39.1% achieved a 9-5 strong pass, and 58.5% achieved a 9-4 pass.

The tables also measure performance against a Progress 8 indicator, designed to reflect how much improvement pupils have made since they joined the school.

Meanwhile, a separate analysis of schools’ performance by Kent County Council shows that more than 91% of Kent’s schools are currently rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

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