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Thursday, 25 November, 1999, 05:35 GMT
Authority's plans to boost performance
Could lessons on computers improve results?

The education authority ranked at the bottom of the performance tables is planning after-hours classes and lessons taught on computers to try to boost its results.

The tables are here

Only 23.4% of pupils in secondary schools in the City of Kingston upon Hull LEA achieved at least five GCSE A* to C grades, just less than half the national average of 47.9%.

The results show the authority's schools are still performing poorly despite a report from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) five months ago, which said things were improving.

The table shows Kingston upon Hull's A* to C grade pass rate has improved by only just over half a percentage point since last year.

The LEA's 3.3% truancy rate is the second worst in the country.

The authority is pinning its hopes for further improvement on its Children's University project, which is already operating in primary schools and is to be extended to secondary schools.

'Determined'

The scheme offers children after-school classes and help from mentors from the local business community.

It is also planning to set up "virtual universities", which will offer children the chance of lessons delivered by computer link.

An LEA spokeswoman said: "June's Ofsted report found we were making significant improvements.

"It said we were making a "determined and unequivocal effort to raise standards". We are definitely moving in the right direction."

More pupils had passed their GCSEs this year, and for the first time, 90% of pupils had obtained at least one GCSE pass.

She said: "Like any other inner-city area we have social deprivation here but that is no excuse for under-achievement. We are determined to raise standards."

The table below shows all 150 LEAs in England ranked according to the percentage of their schools' pupils who achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C:

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