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 2018, the average overall Attainment 8 score per Pupil in Central Bedfordshire was 45.2. Central Bedfordshire has decreased by 0.3 points which is in line with the national decrease of 0.1 points. Central Bedfordshire is 1.7 points below the statistical neighbour average (46.9) and 0.7 points above the national average (44.5). Central Bedfordshire is ranked 10/11 against the statistical neighbours; the same as last year. Central Bedfordshire is ranked 94/151 against the national ranking; compared to a ranking of 88/151 last year, Central Bedfordshire remains in the 3rd quartile nationally. Results for 2019 will be available in January 2020.
The Council has been working with school clusters to raise awareness of the gaps that exist in the performance of different groups of pupils. An additional School Improvement Advisor – an experienced secondary head – has been in post since September 2018, and he has begun working with secondary heads on a range of initiatives to improve the progress and attainment of secondary pupils. One specific focus is 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.