Attainment 8 is the new national measure that shows the average grade of a pupil across 8 Department for Education (DfE) defined subjects (English, Maths, 3 English Baccalaureate Subjects and 3 from a list of other DfE approved subjects). The figure shows Central Bedfordshire's ranking when compared to other Local Authority areas. This replaces the previous '5 GCSE grades A-C including English and Maths' measure and will take account of the move from the old letter grading system to the new numerical grading system.
In 2016, the average overall Attainment 8 score per Pupil in Central Bedfordshire is 49.3; this has increased by 0.9 points from last year (48.4). This means in 2016 Central Bedfordshire Pupils have, on average, achieved a high D grade for each of their Attainment 8 subjects. Central Bedfordshire is 1.4 points below the statistical neighbour average (50.7) and 0.8 points above the national average (48.5). Central Bedfordshire is ranked 10/11 against the statistical neighbours; the same as last year. Central Bedfordshire is ranked 90/151 nationally; compared to 77/150 last year, Central Bedfordshire remains in the 3rd quartile nationally. Results for 2017 will be available in January 2018.
The Council has been working with school clusters to raise awareness of the gaps that exist in the performance of different groups of pupils. This new strategy will begin to impact on the cohort of pupils entered for examinations in 2018 and raise standards overall. Additionally, the Council has invested in creating a new school improvement team which will be in place by April 2018 to support the work of headteachers in taking this work forward to improve standards.