EVERYONE OF the names of the GCSE students we have published today represents a success story of which these young people can br proud.
The latest tranche is broadly in line with previous years – two-thirds of pupils meeting the Government’s benchmark and one third of students failing to achieve the bare minimum. Making comparisons is never an exact science – some age cohorts are more academic than others. There are other variables, like the quality of teaching and number of resits.
And this is before more fundamental changes to the curriculum – and marking of exams – which come into effect shortly. No wonder so many teachers despair of the constant upheavals. Yet school standards and skills could not be more critical to Yorkshire’s future prosperity.
For far too long, this region has propped up the Government’s academic attainment levels, and the state of flux over devolution must not detract from the need to ensure that every youngster receives the world class education to which they should be entitled.
If more students are to make the most of the opportunities that should be created in these parts if the Government’s industrial strategy for the regions becomes a reality, even more rigour will somehow need to be applied. Let’s celebrate the success of our young people and ensure more celebrate in the future.
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