Birmingham City Council has published its own exam league table which, unlike the national league table, shows GCSE best entry resultsÂ as well asÂ the results from the first entry.
There have been a number of well-publicised changes to key stage 4 (GCSE) results in 2014 as a result of changes to government policy. A number of qualifications which were previously counted towards the basic standard of five good GCSEs are no longer eligible for this measure. This has adversely affected some schools more than others, depending upon the curriculum they have offered. Secondly the performance tables published in today only include the qualifications gained by pupils in their first attempt at any particular qualification. This will also lower the proportion of pupils who are reported as gaining five or more good GCSEs including English and mathematics.
In order to provide data which is comparable with 2013, we are publishing the proportion of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C (including English and mathematics) based on the best entry for each pupil, as well as the first entry.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “We as a council, along with our secondary schools, were concerned that the true achievements of our pupils weren’t being recognised by the new league tables.
“While the new data sets are important, they don’t reflect the most important figure, which is the number of children who leave school equipped for life and work, rather than just how they did on their first attempt. Our young people work incredibly hard to get those results and we wanted them to know that they were being recognised by us for that.”