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Educational attainment


  • Strong performance in Early Years, with the majority (74%) school ready (2019). Staffordshire remains above national and one of the top performing among similar authorities - currently ranked in the top 25% (31 out of 154).

  • However, performance falls by year 11, with Staffordshire’s attainment lower than national and  the lowest among similar authorities – only 37% achieve a 9-5 pass in English and Maths.

  • Over half of Staffordshire’s secondary schools are significantly below national  for KS4 attainment. In addition, based on school location no district was above national for KS4 attainment.

  • COVID-19 has significantly impacted education - 27% of residents were worried about the impact of school closures on learning & life chances (Staffordshire COVID-19 Resident Survey) 

% EYFS GLD, 2019             %KS4 English & Maths Grades 9-5, 2019

Educational Attainment1


Sources: Department for Education

% KS4 English & Maths Grades 9-5, 2019 (revised)

 ** by school location

Educational Attainment2


Sources: Department for Education

Inequality in educational outcomes at Early Years Foundation Stage:

At Early Years Foundation Stage:

  • Attainment is lower among those vulnerable groups, particularly for pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or with SEND.

  • 56% of FSM eligible pupils achieve a GLD compared to 74% of all pupils, but this falls to 25% for those with SEN Support and 5% for those pupils with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).

  • This data demonstrates key inequalities in attainment are present for certain vulnerable groups in those early years.

  • For both early years and KS4, lower attainment is linked to areas facing multiple socio-economic inequalities - Cannock Chase, Newcastle, South Staffs and Tamworth.

EYFS GLD FSM, 2019                      EYFS GLD SEN Support, 2019

Educational Attainment3


Sources: Department for Education

Inequality in educational outcomes at Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4:

  • In addition to geographical variation, there is inequality present among the same vulnerable groups for KS4 attainment, with attainment for both FSM eligible pupils and SEND pupils below national.

  • 15% of FSM eligible pupils achieve a 9-5 pass in English and Maths compared to 37% of all pupils, this is the same for those with SEN Support and as low as 3% for those with an EHCP. 

%KS4 English & Maths Grade 9-5 FSM, 2019  %KS4 English & Maths Grades 9-5, EHCP, 2019

Educational Attainment4

Sources: Department for Education

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