Cllr Robert Alden has paid tribute to teachers across Erdington Constituency as the summer holidays begin. Their hard work means that more children are gaining the skills and knowledge they need to get on in life.
7564 more children in Erdington and Kingstanding are now in schools rated good or outstanding, compared with 2010, and 1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools nationally. 85 per cent of schools are now rated good or outstanding, up from 68 per cent in 2010.
Literacy levels have been rising since the introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012, meaning more children are mastering the fundamental skills they need. In 2012, 58 per cent of 6-year olds in reached the expected level in reading nationally, compared with 82 per cent last year.
Reforms to the curriculum mean more pupils are studying the core, academic subjects they need to get on and disadvantaged students are more likely to go to university than ever before. At the same time, reforms to apprenticeships mean that young people have quality, vocational options as they await their GCSE and A-Level results.
Commenting, Cllr Robert Alden said:
“I have always been struck by the passion and dedication of teachers working in schools across Erdington, and as we look forward to the summer holidays I want to thank them for their hard work. Thanks to the efforts of teachers, governors and pupils there are now 11399 pupils in good and outstanding compared to 3835 in 2010”.
“Many local young people will now be awaiting exam results, which is always a nervous time. But the hard work of teachers, combined with this Government’s reforms, means pupils will have more options than ever before – whatever path they chose to take.”