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NEW!! Key Stage 4 Achievement

04 August 2017

A new educational achievement dataview has been created providing access to the new Key Stage 4 (GCSE) performance indicators introduced in the 2015-16 academic year. The data is available from MSOA small area geography up to County level with regional and national comparators. The data can also be viewed within the Deprived:Not Deprived and Urban:Rural analysis geotypes. The dataview can be found within the Educational Achievement / Examination Results sub-theme within the Education and Skills theme alongside dataviews holding the new Key Stage 2 and school standards indicators.

General information and basic definitions for the new KS4 performance indicators can be found within the dataview metadata which also provides links to more detailed Department for Education explanations.

The new Attainment 8 performance indicator measures the average achievement of pupils in up to 8 qualifications (see metadata for more information). The average Attainment 8 score for pupils living and going to school in Northamptonshire is 47.8. Amongst the county's boroughs and districts, Corby has the lowest average score at 44.1. However, looking at the data at MSOA level geographies, there are some results highlighting other areas. There are three MSOAs with a Attainment 8 score of less than 40. These are :
.... Daventry 008 (southern outskirts of the town) - average score of 37.4
.... Corby 006 (Kingswood area) - average score of 37.9
.... Kettering 005 (K.Buccleuch area) - average score of 38.2.
The highest Attainment 8 scores can be found in MSOAs covering rural areas around Towcester.

The new attainment regime at Key Stage 4 also monitors the achievement of pupils at KS4 compared with the progress made by their peers with similar KS2 results. This indicator is called Progress 8 performance indicator. The greater the Progress 8 score, the greater the progress made by the pupil compared to the average of pupils with similar prior attainment (again see the metadata for further explanation).

For pupils living and attending school in Northamptonshire the Progress 8 score is -0.13. This is worse than the England average of -0.03. There are 8 MSOAs in Northamptonshire with a score of -0.50 or less; that is to say the pupils living in these LSOAs and attending school within the County have made half a grade less progress than the national average. Of these 8 MSOAs, 3 are found in East Northamptonshire, 2 in Corby, 2 in Kettering and 1 in Daventry. The three MSOAs with the worst Progress 8 scores countywide are :
.... East Northamptonshire 010 (southern outskirts of Rushden) - Progress 8 score of -0.61
.... Corby 006 (Kingswood area) - Progress 8 score of -0.59
.... Corby 004 (Lodge Park area) - Progress 8 score of -0.58.
The three MSOAs with the best Progress 8 scores countywide are :
.... Northampton 003 (Whitehills area) - Progress 8 score of 0.36
.... Northampton 021 (Semilong area) - Progress 8 score of 0.27
.... Northampton 007 (Lings E, Blackthorn, Cherry Lodge) - Progress 8 Score of 0.27
That is to say that pupils living in these last three areas have on average made a quarter grade more progress than the national average when compared with their peers who started out with a similar score at KS2.

Data is also available within the dataview for the percentage of pupils achieving GSCE in English & Maths and also for the percentage passing the English Baccalaureate.

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