School attainment rises again

Wednesday December 21st 2016

Dalkeith High School Main

Councillors this week have welcomed new figures showing significant improvements in secondary pupils’ attainment in Midlothian.

The percentage of S4 pupils achieving a National 5 pass in literacy and numeracy is up 16.2% in 2016 at 52.92%, compared with the previous year. The figure is now above the national average.

Attainment by the end of S6 also shows an upward trend with 9.89% more pupils having a National 5 exam pass in literacy and numeracy compared with the previous year. The cabinet member for education, Councillor Bob Constable, said: “Closing the gap in education outcomes is a top priority for the council. We’re delighted, therefore, to hear of this substantial progress.

“We are committed to continuing to improve. We want to make sure that we are supporting our pupils, particularly those facing real challenges in terms of poverty and deprivation. It should not matter what your circumstances are, you should have an equal opportunity to succeed. “

The latest figures show that there’s been a three year trend upwards for attainment levels at both National 4 level and National 5 level for the 30% most deprived learners by the end of S4.

Of those S4 pupils in the 30% most deprived learners, 64.32% had a achieved a National 4 pass in numeracy and literacy in 2014, rising to 70% in 2015 and 78.07% in 2016.

Of those S4 pupils in the 30% most deprived learners, 17.62% had a National 5 pass in 2014 in numeracy and literacy, rising to 20.42% in 2015 and 38.16% in 2016.

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