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Liverpool’s GCSE results improve

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Provisional data shows that students in Liverpool have performed well in their GCSEs.

Information supplied by secondary schools in the city shows that in both the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures, that look at achievement across the wider school curriculum, Liverpool has improved on both.

The combined English and maths scores for pupils getting grade 4 or above (the equivalent to the previous grade C) has gone up to 59.3 per cent from 57.4 per cent.

The city has also performed well against national averages. In Liverpool 71 per cent of students gained a 4+ in English, nationally this was 62 per cent.

It was a similar picture in maths with 64.2 per cent of the city’s young people achieving at 4+, against 59.6 per cent nationally.

Pass rates were also up in separate science subjects, combined science, Spanish, and history.

Pupils supported by the city’s Community Languages Project – many of whom don’t have English as a first language – have also done well, with 100 per cent of students gaining grades 9-4 and 92 per cent gaining grades 9-7. All the students who studied GCSE Chinese achieved a grade 9

Cllr Barbara Murray, cabinet member for education, said: “GCSE results don’t just mark the end of two years of work, they are a culmination of many years of effort and commitment. Huge congratulations to all the young people who are celebrating their results today.

“Going forward, whether studying for A-levels, starting an apprenticeship or following vocational training the determination you have shown to date is a very positive step on your new journey.

“Your results today are a testament to teachers and students who have worked hard since changes have been made to assessment. To see improvements in the combined English and maths pass rate which is so important for future progress is particularly heartening.

“However, we are never complacent. We remain fully committed to working with schools and families to ensure young people develop the skills they need for a satisfying future career whilst growing into rounded, responsible, young adult citizens.”