One week ago GCSE results were published. Many pupils celebrated their individual success and our warmest congratulations to them.
Now these results are very interesting…if you average the schools’ 5 A*-C results then overall you get 68.4%…compared to a national average of 67.1%…so we could be said to be better than the national average.
And this despite spending £220 less per pupil than the national average.
Surely the consultation document told us that we were considerably worse than the national average on this measure?
The truth is that, since 2006 when the last damaging proposal to change to two-tier was thrown out by county councillors, results have improved year-on-year.
And of course, statistics tend to hide all sorts of real stories, concerning real schools and real pupils.
So let’s focus on the real issue of ensuring that we save three tier education in Bedford by voting in a Mayor who believes in it wholeheartedly.