In 2014/15, 60% of Hackney pupils achieved 5+ GCSE A*-C grades including English and mathematics, compared to a 61% average across London and 54% in England.CHackney pupils were roughly in the middle of the distribution of GCSE performance among its statistical peers (Figure 15).

Since 2009/10, Hackney’s performance has improved faster than the England average in terms of the percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades including mathematics and English. From being statistically similar to England five years ago, Hackney now outperforms the England average by almost seven percentage points. The percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades including mathematics and English in Hackney has increased from 55% in 2009/10 to 60% in 2014/15 (Figure 16).

Provisional data for 2015/16 shows a continued improvement in GCSE results for Hackney pupils, with 69% achieving 5 A*-C grades, including mathematics and English, 7% above the national average. Also in 2015/16, provisional results show that Hackney is one of two joint highest performing local authorities in the country for the new GCSE ‘Progress 8’ measure, which looks across eight qualifications and compares pupils’ progress across schools against national averages of similar pupils. Further analysis of educational attainment data for 2015/16 will be conducted as part of the JSNA rolling update programme, in due course.

These latest results continue to show year-on-year improvement on a journey to improve educational outcomes in the borough that started in August 2002. In that year, just 31% of Hackney’s Year 11 pupils gained 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE and the attainment gap between Hackney and the national average was more than 20 percentage points. There were only three other Local Education Authorities in England with lower results at that time. By 2006 (the year in which the government adjusted the national benchmark to 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics), Hackney had narrowed the attainment gap to below 10 percentage points. Progress in Hackney secondary schools since then has continued, as the data presented below clearly demonstrate.D

Figure 15: Percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSE grades including mathematics and English (2014/15)

Hackney slightly less (1%) than London average but more (6%) than England average.
Figure 15: Percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSE grades including mathematics and English (2014/15)

Source: Department for Education

Figure 16: Percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSE grades including mathematics and English (2009/10 – 2014/15)

Hackney currently on a par with London average and better than England average
Figure 16: Percentage of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSE grades including mathematics and English (2009/10 – 2014/15)

Source: Department for Education

 

Notes

  1. New GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths have been taught in schools in England from September 2015, with the first results due to be issued in August 2017. Further subjects will see new GCSEs introduced over the following two years. The new GCSEs will see a new grading scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Courses will no longer be modular and will be designed so that students will take all of their exams in one period at the end of their course of study.
  2. For more on the story of the change in Hackney’s education system see: 10 Years Transforming Education in Hackney (2012) –https://www.learningtrust.co.uk/Documents/10%20Years%20in%20Hackney.pdf (PDF document)
  3. New GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths have been taught in schools in England from September 2015, with the first results due to be issued in August 2017. Further subjects will see new GCSEs introduced over the following two years. The new GCSEs will see a new grading scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Courses will no longer be modular and will be designed so that students will take all of their exams in one period at the end of their course of study.
  4. For more on the story of the change in Hackney’s education system see: 10 Years Transforming Education in Hackney (2012) –https://www.learningtrust.co.uk/Documents/10%20Years%20in%20Hackney.pdf (PDF document)