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Review of the variability across schools in provisional GCSE outcomes 2013

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Welsh Government
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  • Mathematics

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Microsoft PowerPoint - Review of the variability across schools in provisional GCSE outcomes 2013 - Typesetting - FINAL (E) 1 Review of the variability across schools in provisional GCSE outcomes 2013 November 2013 Early data on GCSE results indicated that there had been some significant variability in Level 2 inclusive* outcomes with some schools reporting marked increases or decreases. This review seeks to discover and share some of the reasons behind the variability. The speed and timing of the review, conducted during September 2013, enabled the views of the participating schools to be considered during the early part of a new academic year. * The achievement of five GCSE equivalents at grade C to A* including mathematics and either English or Welsh First Language. Why was this review undertaken? What does the initial data tell us? The Statistical Release for 2012/13, published on 26 September 2013, provides the earliest results of external examinations taken by pupils aged 15 in all secondary schools in Wales. This showed that: • 51.9 per cent of pupils achieved the Level 2 threshold including a GCSE grade A*–C in English or Welsh First Language and mathematics, slightly higher (0.9 percentage points) than in 2011/12 • 59.5 per cent of pupils achieved A*–C in mathematics, slightly higher (1.1 percentage points) than in 2011/12 • 63.8 per cent of pupils achieved A*–C in English/Welsh First Language, slightly higher (0.3 percentage points) than in 2011/12. Early data suggests that there has been significant variation in outcomes within specific schools. Some schools have seen increases or decreases of up to 20 percentage points from 2011/2 results. What is the scope of this review? The review was carried out by expert practitioners and officials from the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills. Semi-structured interviews were held with 36 schools across Wales and were based on their provisional results. We thank e

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