It is important to note that overall standards and achievement are increasing in the city. We are above national and statistical neighbours in all phases of education and there has been ongoing improvement for a number of years now. However, there is still work to be done.
There have been significant changes in the curriculum and assessment arrangements for 2016 and with ongoing changes there is a rapidly changing educational landscape.
Despite improved performance overall, there are still areas for improvement. These include our disadvantaged children and young people who do not achieve as well as non-disadvantaged nationally.
Persistent absence for disadvantaged pupils is higher than for national average.
The number of secondary school age students in the city has increased and work is ongoing to secure a location for the University of Brighton Academy Trust’s new school. Work continues to ensure all children get offered a school place in the city and there are high and increasing percentages of being offered a school of preference.