Councillor Phil Bateman

Good News for City of Wolverhampton on Education Progress!

Education and the City of Wolverhampton.

The City of Wolverhampton’s Managing Director, Keith Ireland, in a briefing for City Councillors reminded Councillors that the City of Wolverhampton – was moving in the ‘right direction’ following the release of the latest statistical information.

Last week’s release of national educational performance statistics show continued improvement in the city.

Mr Ireland informed City Councillors that “This has been a real focus for the council and is a tribute to the hard work of teachers, young people, families, councillors and council employees.

We’ve moved up 27 places nationally (109th to 82nd) for the new Progress 8 outcomes – showing the progress pupils make from the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11).

The average achievement of pupils in up to eight qualifications including English and Maths – saw the City move up to 97th nationally, up 28 places from 125th in 2016.”

He went onto quote that “58% of pupils in Wolverhampton secured GCSEs in Maths and English at the new grade 4 or above – up from 53% the year before. At Post 16, the city’s strong performance continues with students achieving results putting the City in 17th place nationally. There’s still a lot of work to do but we are heading in the right direction!”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I am pleased to receive this information, as I am sure parents and employers will be pleased to know that our city isn’t standing still..

The City continues to make progress, despite the difficulties that exist around stretched resources. Local Government is not an easy place to work at the moment. There are challenges all over the place. Education however continues to be the one item that will lead to prosperity for all. We have to keep improving. You only have one chance with youngsters to get their education, knowledge and skills right before they set off in the World of Work.”

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more