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Schools: Greenwich

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to improve the performance of schools in the London borough of Greenwich since 1997. (126687)

Greenwich has seen a significant overall rise in standards across all Key Stages since 1997. The proportion of 11-year-olds reaching the target level 4+ has risen by 24 percentage points to 74 per cent. in English in 2006 and by 20 percentage points to 71 per cent. in mathematics. The proportion of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE and equivalent has improved by 12 percentage points to 43 per cent. in 2006. This represents faster improvement than the national average.

We want to see standards in Greenwich improve further and the Government’s London Challenge programme and the National Strategies in particular are working closely with the borough and its schools to achieve this.

London Challenge support since 2003 includes:

Direct support for five of Greenwich’s secondary schools through the Keys to Success programme. This has provided schools with access to expert advice from a London Challenge Adviser who has helped them to prioritise areas for improvement and put together bespoke improvement packages;

Consultancy support for English, maths and science in secondary schools across the borough;

Inclusion in the Science Challenge to improve the standard of science in target secondary schools;

Inclusion in the English and Maths Challenge to improve standards in English and maths in target secondary schools;

Inclusion in the Primary London Challenge which aims to raise standards in traditionally underperforming primary schools.

Support for the local authority to increase capacity in the Secondary School Improvement Team

Opportunities for Greenwich teachers to qualify as Chartered London Teachers and support for housing costs.

Consultant Leaders working to support school leadership.

KS2-3 Transition projects

Opportunities for Greenwich students to gain a variety of rich experiences out of school.

ICT projects