BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Education  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Monday, 16 September, 2002, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Privatised authority faces penalty
Islington
Islington is improving, but still below average
A privatised education authority faces a financial penalty for failing to reach exam targets.

Schools in Islington, north London, are expected to record a 5% improvement in the number of pupils scoring five or more good GCSEs.

Islington results
% of pupils with five or more good GCSEs
1999: 27%
2000: 27%
2001: 29%
2002: 34%

But the expected 34% is still below the performance target of 39% - and as such there will be a deduction from the management fee for the private contractor, CEA@Islington.

This will be the second year running that fines have been imposed.

Last year's GCSE results, which saw Islington among the country's lowest-performing authorities, cost the company 300,000.

'Failing'

The average for Islington schools of 27% of pupils achieving five or more good GCSEs was considerably less than the national average of 50%.

Islington's education service was put out to private contract after inspectors found that the local education authority was "failing".

CEA@Islington was awarded a seven-year contract, which has been running since April 2000.

Attention was drawn to the problems with schools in the north London borough when "superhead" Torsten Friedag resigned as head of the Islington Arts and Media School.

This school, along with other secondary schools in the borough, has shown improvements this year - up from 22% to 27% of pupils with five or more GCSEs.

But Islington Arts and Media School is also set to show an increase in pupils leaving with no GCSEs - which this year is expected to reach 25%.

Overall in Islington there has been a reduction in pupils leaving without GCSEs, with this year's figure set to fall to 9%, compared to 21% last year.

Councillor James Kempton, Islington's Executive Member for Regeneration and Education, said that the results were now moving in the right direction.

"They are by far our best ever figures. It is always going to take time for the additional support we are giving to schools and pupils to translate into better results."

See also:

05 Dec 01 | Education
10 Mar 00 | Education
Links to more Education stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Education stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes