Barbara hailed a further rise in GCSE results for Salford schools following the publication of secondary school results today.
Barbara also criticised the Conservative Party’s schools spokesman Nick Gibb for claiming last week that there had not been any improvements in schools. By contrast, Barbara highlighted the achievements of local teachers and pupils in recent years.
Schools across Salford have seen big improvements in exam results recently. Over the last year there has been a 6.5% rise (from 66.9% to 73.4%) in the number of pupils getting five or more GCSEs at A*-C grade. This is a big increase of over 40% from just 33.3% in 1998.
There has also been a 5.5% percentage points rise (from 40.3% to 45.8%) in the number of pupils getting five or more GCSEs at A*-C grade, including in the vital subjects of English and Maths. This is an increase of over 21% from just 24.1% in 1998.
"This year's GCSE results show a great increase over the last year and a real transformation in school standards across Salford since 1997.
“Thanks to extra investment and the hard work of teachers and pupils, there has been a revolution in our local schools. There are more teachers and teaching assistants, exam results are up, school buildings and facilities have been transformed, and more young people are staying on in education or doing an apprenticeship at 16.
“The recent claim by the Conservative schools spokesman in the House of Commons that there has been no improvement in the education system is an insult to the work of our local schools and the achievements of our teachers, pupils and parents. He should come to Salford to see the big change that has taken place over the last 12 years.
“Conservative policies would lead to immediate cuts for local schools if they win the election this year. That would turn back the clock on all the improvements of the last decade and would be disastrous for education locally.”
Nick Gibb’s remarks were made in a debate on the Children, Schools and Families Bill on 11 January and can be viewed here.