Government’s league table shake-up hits Barking and Dagenham schools

LEAGUE tables for this year’s GCSE results give a mixed picture of the quality of schooling in the borough.

LEAGUE tables for this year’s GCSE provided mixed results for the borough’s secondary schools.

The average percentage of pupils obtaining five good grades (A*-C) including Maths and English was 51, up from 46.4 per cent in the previous year.

Nationally, 53.4 per cent of pupils achieved this standard.

The government has also published new ‘spend data’ to reveal the per head expenditure of each local authority-run primary and secondary school on teaching staff, energy and catering in the last year.

In Barking and Dagenham, the average spending per pupil in 2009/10 was �6,183.42 compared to a national median expenditure of �5,212.

The lowest per pupil spending was �4,310.05 (Knowsley) and the highest was �8,528.50 (Hackney).