Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Reading Amongst Top Ranking Performers in Education League

RESULTS show big improvements at Key Stage 2 with Reading’s national ranking for reading, writing and maths (RWM) combined rising from 103rd to 49th.

This places Reading in the top third in the country and is the first time in at least 10 years that the borough has achieved above the national average for the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard.

Last year Reading Borough Council found itself in 109th position out of the 152 local authorities for Level 4B+ in RWM. The number of pupils achieving the higher standard in reading, writing and maths (RWM) at Key Stage 2 this year has boosted Reading into 10th position.

The results for Level 4B+ at Key Stage 2, compared to the higher standard, shows that Reading has moved from 119th to 27th place nationally in reading, from 95th to 24th in maths and from 38th to 24th in grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS).

Although these are based on early indicative results, the council is pleased for the pupils at schools across Reading and thanks the schools and their staff for their hard work and dedication to improving outcomes for the children of Reading.

Reading’s rankings have improved dramatically in all but one of the key measures according to a report going to the council’s Adult, Children’s and Education (ACE) Committee on Monday 3rd October.

The report looks on the initial provisional outcomes for pupils within Reading Borough Council during the 2015/16 academic year which saw some extensive changes in education.

National comparisons are not yet available for GCSE results but the Attainment 8 in Reading – a numerical score across eight subjects – is at 5.2, which is the equivalent of grade B across eight subjects for all Reading students.

The percentage of students achieving both English and Mathematics is 65.9 per cent. The council is pleased with the early indications across all the Key Performance Indicators.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Member for Education, said  “These figures represent a fantastic effort by pupils and teachers in schools across the borough.
“It is great to see Reading amongst the top performing local authorities in the country and the council will do everything in its power to ensure every child in every school in the borough gets the support they need to succeed.”

The full Report on Outcomes for Reading Schools being presented to ACE committee on 3rd October can be read here:

Sunday, 11 September 2016

9/11 - We Must Never Forget

I still have vivid memories of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed. 

We must never forget.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Redlands Ward Surgery - Saturday 10 September

Ward surgery for residents - today

St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
Redlands Labour Councillors' regular Ward Surgery for residents will be held at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, between 10.30am and noon today. (Saturday).

No appointment is necessary and discussions are strictly confidential.

Ward surgeries are held on the second Saturday of each month, alternating between St Lukes Parish Hall and the Hexham Road Community Centre, in addition to our very popular roaming street surgeries all the year round.