Significant improvements in attainment
Councillors welcomed the new figures
Councillors today (Tuesday) welcomed new figures showing significant improvements in secondary pupils’ attainment in Midlothian.
The percentage of S4 pupils gaining National 5s increasing
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.
S6 attainment showing an upward trend
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.
Cllr Constable said closing the education gap is a top priority
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.
Some pupils are facing real challenges
“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 attainment figures show a three year upwards trend
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.
Exam passes improving for our most deprived learners
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.