Schools given extra funding for revision as county lands in the bottom 10 in latest league table results

Council bosses have provided extra funding to schools to provide extra revision sessions for students following the GCSE grading debacle.

Suffolk County Council has given an additional £1,000 to each local authority school towards the cost of running revision classes and providing additional resources to help students before exams.

It follows the latest Key Stage Four league table results in which just 51 per cent of Suffolk pupils achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths compared to the national average of 59 per cent.

However, the county’s A-level results improved with the number of points per pupil increasing by 27 on the previous year.

Cllr Graham Newman, cabinet member for education, said: “The inconsistencies in grade boundaries caused a number of students to miss out on job, apprenticeship or further education opportunities as well as causing high levels of anxiety and stress for students and their parents. We’re seeing what many considered an unfair decision to change grade boundaries reflecting negatively on the overall picture for Key Stage Four results for schools across the county.

“We have a number of excellent schools within the county that have worked tirelessly to ensure their students receive the grades of which they are capable. The Key Stage Four figures released today simply do not do those schools, and those students, justice.

“Our A-level results show how the grade boundary alteration has warped how our schools appear in the league tables. The same schools that slipped down the GCSE league tables have done fantastically with their A-level results. Quite often the same teachers have been teaching both.”