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Education: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ranking of Newcastle upon Tyne Local Education Authority in relation to the other local education authorities in the results of the most recent national challenge measurement of achievement at GCSE was; and what bids for funding in respect of the national challenge he has received from Newcastle Local Education Authority. (251766)

Newcastle has 18 per cent. of its schools attaining fewer than 30 per cent. 5 A*-C including English and mathematics. When ranking local authorities according to percentage of schools below the 30 per cent. threshold in proportion to all schools in local authorities, Newcastle upon Tyne local authority has the 43rd highest proportion of schools below the threshold. However, this ranking is relatively insensitive for those authorities with a small number of schools, since a single institution may represent a large proportion of the authority’s schools.

Newcastle upon Tyne has received £380,000 of National Challenge funding. This funding will support schools below 30 per cent., help those in danger of falling below and consolidate recent improvements.