The Department of Education have done an interesting analysis of GCSE results at 166 sponsored academies for this year and last year. These are all academies which replaced historically underperforming
schools in deprived areas.
The figures show:
- in academies the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and maths rose from 40.6 per cent to 45.9 per cent, an increase of 5.3 percentage points.
- in all maintained schools the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and maths rose from 55.2 per cent to 57.8 per cent, an increase of 2.6 percentage points.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:
"The Government believes that teachers and head teachers know best how to run schools. Academy status gives professionals the freedom they need to do their job and today's figures show that that autonomy works. Academies continue to outperform the national average, completely transforming previously under-performing schools serving some of the most deprived communities."
In future we will have a much larger sample. There are now 1,350 academies. The number continue to grow despite the efforts at obstruction from the National Union of Teachers and some local authorities.