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 2017, the average overall Attainment 8 score per Pupil in Central Bedfordshire was 45.5. Central Bedfordshire was 1.4 points below the statistical neighbour average (46.9) and 0.9 points above the national average (44.6). Central Bedfordshire was ranked 10/11 in 2017 against statistical neighbours, the same as in 2016. Central Bedfordshire was ranked 88/151 nationally compared to 90/151 in 2016 and remained in the 3rd quartile nationally. Results for 2018 will be available in January 2019.
The Council has been working with school clusters to raise awareness of the gaps that exist in the performance of different groups of pupils. The Council and its teaching schools are working to submit a bid for national funding to target improved performance in Key Stage 4. Additional school improvement advisor posts are being created, to support the work of headteachers in improving standards. A specific strategy is to help all schools focus on reducing the gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, which currently widens as children progress through their educational journey. Diminishing the difference will also help Central Bedfordshire to increase overall attainment, including Attainment 8.