Panel recommends £200,000 funding to help improve exam results

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Extra funding to help secondary schools in the East Riding improve their GCSE results is among recommendations made by a review panel set up to investigate last year’s poor exam results.

It followed a dip in students achieving the gold standard of five GCSEs at grade C or better including Maths and English.

The results saw the local authority fall from their best national placing of 38 out of 151 local authorities in 2010 to 110 in 2011.

A schools improvement review panel chaired by Coun Richard Burton recommended setting up an “excellence for all” fund.

The one-off funding of £200,000 would be given to maintained schools providing they met a number of criteria. Consultation would need to be taken with the schools forum on this proposal.

Other recommendations include schools adopting strategies from a good practice list which they have not implemented and supporting governors to ensure they recruit “first class” leadership team members.

Coun Burton said: “The panel were aware that the dip in results was due to a small number of students not performing as well as expected.

“If only 10 more students from each of our secondary schools have achieved a C grade in maths and English then the East Riding would have been in the top quartile nationally.

Coun Burton said they wanted to ensure any recommendations for improvements made by the panel “were inclusive, securing improved attainment for all pupils.”

East Riding Council has long complained of its schools being among the worst funded in the country.