Attainment levels rising
Councillors congratulated pupils, parent and staff after hearing more about improvements in attainment and achievements in the 2016/17 school year.
Steps are in place to ensure attainment continues to improve
The report to council on Tuesday acknowledges that there is still much work to be done and also outlines the steps in place to support continuous improvement.
National 5 passes are increasing
Highlights include a 17.6% rise since 2011 in the number of pupils achieving a pass in National 5 literacy and numeracy exams, up from 45.7% to 63.3%.
S5 Higher passes are also going up
The number of S5 pupils gaining three or more Highers is our best every recorded figure to date, 4.3% higher than the previous year and a 9.5% improvement since 2014.
110 Duke of Edinburgh awards were presented
Meanwhile, other education achievements include 110 Duke of Edinburgh awards presented with the uptake having improved by 36% when compared with the previous year. We also celebrate our best every positive destinations figure. In 2015/16 a total of 95.06% of school leavers went on to a job, higher education, further training or another ‘positive destination’ such as volunteering. This figure compares with just 85.2% back in 2010/11.
The report is uplifting reading
Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Cllr Jim Muirhead said: “This is a fantastic report and makes for uplifting reading. We also know that there is further work to be done and we welcome the report which outlines clearly the areas of strength and the important next steps for improvement.
Everyone involved is working as a team
“Staff, pupils, parents and partner agencies are all working together to make sure our young people are successful learners.
A huge well done
“Well done to everyone involved, especially as the report is not just about exam success, there’s also plenty of great news about the arts, outdoor learning and lifelong learning and employability across the whole of Midlothian among the wider community.”