But benchmark grades remain below national average

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Students receiving their GCSE results this summer Students receiving their GCSE results this summer

Teenagers in the Bradford district have bucked the national trend as the latest figures reveal that they achieved improved GCSE results this summer in the face of a national decline.

But despite that, Bradford continues to lag behind national and regional averages for the number of students scoring the benchmark five A* to Cs at GCSE, including English and maths.

According to figures published by the Department for Education yesterday the number of students achieving that standard in Bradford was 52 per cent, compared to 47.5 per cent last year.

Across England and Wales, however, the average fell from 59 per cent to 58.6, while across Yorkshire and the Humber, the figure rose from 54.6 per cent to 56.8 per cent.

Bradford’s figure has increased by 4.5 percentage points year-on-year compared with the Yorkshire and Humber increase of 2.2 percentage points and the national decrease of 0.4 percentage points.

Councillor Ralph Berry, the Council’s executive member for children’s services, said work was going on in the district to close the gap, but the fiasco around this year’s English GCSE exams had also “damaged” Bradford’s performance.

He said: “We are working hard to make sure we are trying to close that gap. What happened with the English results was deeply frustrating because were it not for that the progress could have been that much better.

“We believe that progress has been made and the messing around with the English exam has actually damaged the overall view of Bradford’s performance, but we are not alone in that.”

Overall, Bradford was the 12th most improved local authority out of the 151 where GCSEs are taken.

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds awarded three or more A* to A grades at A-level in Bradford fell from 5.8 per cent to 5.6 per cent, which mirrored the national fall from 12.8 per cent to 12.5.

Kath Tunstall, the Council’s strategic director for children’s services, said: “These record GCSE results are a testimony to the hard work of the students and all who have supported them to bring about this achievement.

“These are provisional results and we await the validated results with interest.”

The number of students in Bradford gaining five A* to C GCSE overall also rose from 79 per cent to 81 per cent, compared to a national rise from 79.6 per cent to 81.1 per cent.

Councillor Roger L’Amie, the Council’s Conservative Group spokesman for education, said: “The fact that the key A* to C including maths and English is still behind the national and regional averages is a cause for serious concern.”

Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Council’s Liberal Democrat group, said she was pleased for those who had achieved but said it was “disappointing” the authority still lagged behind.

She said: “What we need to see is that step change that we were promised and that goes back a number of years now, and we are still lagging behind which is really disappointing.

e-mail: james.rush@telegraphandargus.co.uk Twitter: @jamesrushTandA

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8:07am Fri 19 Oct 12

windymiller says...

I would like to see what the subjects were for those achieving A* or A. Are they the core subjects or just useless subjects? Does anyone have the breakdown or know where to get the breakdown of the subjects attaining A* or A grades?
I would like to see what the subjects were for those achieving A* or A. Are they the core subjects or just useless subjects? Does anyone have the breakdown or know where to get the breakdown of the subjects attaining A* or A grades? windymiller

10:24am Fri 19 Oct 12

Albion. says...

Looks like very good news, until you read that they are still near the bottom end......still, the only way is up!
Looks like very good news, until you read that they are still near the bottom end......still, the only way is up! Albion.

12:03pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Iftikhar says...

Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted.

The British Government is planning to make it easier to schools to “opt out” from the Local Authorities. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.
IA
Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted. The British Government is planning to make it easier to schools to “opt out” from the Local Authorities. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes. IA Iftikhar

12:07pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Albion. says...

Iftikhar wrote:
Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted.

The British Government is planning to make it easier to schools to “opt out” from the Local Authorities. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.
IA
"More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England."
Big mistake! There should be NO faith schools.
[quote][p][bold]Iftikhar[/bold] wrote: Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted. The British Government is planning to make it easier to schools to “opt out” from the Local Authorities. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes. IA[/p][/quote]"More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England." Big mistake! There should be NO faith schools. Albion.

7:10pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Iftikhar says...

Do you imagine that if it wasn't for church schools we'd have any education system at all in this country? Who was it that educated the population at large before the 1948 Education Act? Faith schools in the maintained sector do deliver better results than others. It seems that the partnership of schools, kids, their parents and an appreciation of Christian faith is a strong package. Children from faith schools take the same exams as those from non-faith schools. The grades from those going to faith schools are usually very high. It isn't all about God, you know?

Meanwhile the fact remains that a very high proportion of the scientific knowledge we have that actually delivers economic value - from Newtonian mechanics through Kelvin's thermodynamics and Maxwell's work in electricity and magnetism and Mendel's genetics - originated with Creationists. If more people believed what these men believed, we might be doing more and better science rather than turning out so many media studies graduates.

Faith schools offer both discipline and compassion along with excellent teaching. Actually, faith schools uphold good morals, and the morals of our society have gone downhill since we removed Christian influence from our schools. The point is that faith schools uphold good morals where, especially these days, non-faith schools don't. For most of society, anything goes. Just look at the number of pre-teens having sex. It is the secular atheistic society that has brought this about.

Are there any examples of Muslim schools accepting a majority of Christian students? Christians tend to reject Muslim education, Muslims don't tend to reject Christian education. That's because Muslims accept the Christian scriptures, whilst Christians don't accept the Muslim scriptures. A similar situation exists between Jews and Christians. It's not symmetrical.
IA
Do you imagine that if it wasn't for church schools we'd have any education system at all in this country? Who was it that educated the population at large before the 1948 Education Act? Faith schools in the maintained sector do deliver better results than others. It seems that the partnership of schools, kids, their parents and an appreciation of Christian faith is a strong package. Children from faith schools take the same exams as those from non-faith schools. The grades from those going to faith schools are usually very high. It isn't all about God, you know? Meanwhile the fact remains that a very high proportion of the scientific knowledge we have that actually delivers economic value - from Newtonian mechanics through Kelvin's thermodynamics and Maxwell's work in electricity and magnetism and Mendel's genetics - originated with Creationists. If more people believed what these men believed, we might be doing more and better science rather than turning out so many media studies graduates. Faith schools offer both discipline and compassion along with excellent teaching. Actually, faith schools uphold good morals, and the morals of our society have gone downhill since we removed Christian influence from our schools. The point is that faith schools uphold good morals where, especially these days, non-faith schools don't. For most of society, anything goes. Just look at the number of pre-teens having sex. It is the secular atheistic society that has brought this about. Are there any examples of Muslim schools accepting a majority of Christian students? Christians tend to reject Muslim education, Muslims don't tend to reject Christian education. That's because Muslims accept the Christian scriptures, whilst Christians don't accept the Muslim scriptures. A similar situation exists between Jews and Christians. It's not symmetrical. IA Iftikhar

7:11pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Albion. says...

Iftikhar wrote:
Do you imagine that if it wasn't for church schools we'd have any education system at all in this country? Who was it that educated the population at large before the 1948 Education Act? Faith schools in the maintained sector do deliver better results than others. It seems that the partnership of schools, kids, their parents and an appreciation of Christian faith is a strong package. Children from faith schools take the same exams as those from non-faith schools. The grades from those going to faith schools are usually very high. It isn't all about God, you know?

Meanwhile the fact remains that a very high proportion of the scientific knowledge we have that actually delivers economic value - from Newtonian mechanics through Kelvin's thermodynamics and Maxwell's work in electricity and magnetism and Mendel's genetics - originated with Creationists. If more people believed what these men believed, we might be doing more and better science rather than turning out so many media studies graduates.

Faith schools offer both discipline and compassion along with excellent teaching. Actually, faith schools uphold good morals, and the morals of our society have gone downhill since we removed Christian influence from our schools. The point is that faith schools uphold good morals where, especially these days, non-faith schools don't. For most of society, anything goes. Just look at the number of pre-teens having sex. It is the secular atheistic society that has brought this about.

Are there any examples of Muslim schools accepting a majority of Christian students? Christians tend to reject Muslim education, Muslims don't tend to reject Christian education. That's because Muslims accept the Christian scriptures, whilst Christians don't accept the Muslim scriptures. A similar situation exists between Jews and Christians. It's not symmetrical.
IA
It's now 2012!
[quote][p][bold]Iftikhar[/bold] wrote: Do you imagine that if it wasn't for church schools we'd have any education system at all in this country? Who was it that educated the population at large before the 1948 Education Act? Faith schools in the maintained sector do deliver better results than others. It seems that the partnership of schools, kids, their parents and an appreciation of Christian faith is a strong package. Children from faith schools take the same exams as those from non-faith schools. The grades from those going to faith schools are usually very high. It isn't all about God, you know? Meanwhile the fact remains that a very high proportion of the scientific knowledge we have that actually delivers economic value - from Newtonian mechanics through Kelvin's thermodynamics and Maxwell's work in electricity and magnetism and Mendel's genetics - originated with Creationists. If more people believed what these men believed, we might be doing more and better science rather than turning out so many media studies graduates. Faith schools offer both discipline and compassion along with excellent teaching. Actually, faith schools uphold good morals, and the morals of our society have gone downhill since we removed Christian influence from our schools. The point is that faith schools uphold good morals where, especially these days, non-faith schools don't. For most of society, anything goes. Just look at the number of pre-teens having sex. It is the secular atheistic society that has brought this about. Are there any examples of Muslim schools accepting a majority of Christian students? Christians tend to reject Muslim education, Muslims don't tend to reject Christian education. That's because Muslims accept the Christian scriptures, whilst Christians don't accept the Muslim scriptures. A similar situation exists between Jews and Christians. It's not symmetrical. IA[/p][/quote]It's now 2012! Albion.

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