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At the end of reception in Gateshead 69.9% of pupils achieved a Good Level of Development. Gateshead is similar to the England and North East averages which are both 70.7% [Chart - Reception children achieving a good level of development].[1] The wards with the lowest proportion of children achieving a good level of development at age 5 are Saltwell, Dunston and Teams, and Deckham - all of which are significantly lower than the Gateshead average. [Map - Ward reception children achieving a good level of development].[2] The proportion of children with free school meal status achieving a good level of development at the end of reception in Gateshead is lower at 56.4%, which is similar to the North East average of 57.7% and the England average of 56.0%.[1]

From September 2014, councils have received funding from the Government to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare for the most disadvantaged 2-year-olds.[3] This doubles the number of children eligible for free early learning to around 40% of 2 year olds.

qualificationsAt Key Stage 2 68% of Gateshead pupils met the expected standard (a 'scaled score' of 100 or more in reading and maths tests and assessed as 'working at the expected standard' or better in writing by their teacher). This compares with the national average of 61%.[4]

The percentage of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs (similar to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading) is 40.1%. The National Average based upon all schools is 39.6%.[5]

'Attainment 8' is a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications. In Gateshead, the score was 46.8 compared with the national average of 44.6.[5]

'Progress 8' is a measure introduced in 2016 where a score of 1.0 means pupils make on average a grade more progress than the national average; a score of -0.5 means they make on average half a grade less progress than average. In Gateshead at GCSE level for the 2016/17 academic year, the average for all pupils was a -0.12 progress 8 score - below the national average of -0.03. Disadvantaged pupils (i.e. those known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children or those adopted from care) had a -0.63 progress 8 score. This is significantly lower than the score for all other pupils of 0.09. The equivalent scores for disadvantaged and all other pupils in England are -0.40 and 0.11 respectively.[6]

In Gateshead at GCSE level for the 2016/17 academic year, pupils whose first language is other than English had a 0.61 progress 8 score. This is significantly higher than the score for pupils whose first language is English of -0.15. The equivalent scores for England are 0.50 and -0.11 respectively.[6]

Educational Achievement at Reception KS2 and KS4

4,398 pupils in Gateshead are registered as having a special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). This includes pupils who have a SEN or EHC plan and those categorised as 'SEN support' (previously School Action or School Action Plus).[7]

927 pupils in Gateshead have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan.[7]

The estimated proportion of 15 year olds in Gateshead who entered 'Higher Education' by age 19 in 2014/15 was 36%. This compares with an England average of 38% and a North East average of 35%. The proportion in Gateshead has increased over time from 30% in 2006/07. Over the same period, the gap between pupils eligible for free school meals and their peers has increased slightly from 21 to 23 percentage points.[8]

Gateshead residents are increasingly achieving higher level qualifications. The number of people whose highest level of qualification is a degree or equivalent has increased from 17,879 (12.8%) in 2001 to 35,409 (21.5%) in 2011 but this still falls well below the England average of 27.4%. Ward values range from 13% in High Fell to 37% in Low Fell. Conversely, the proportion of people with no qualifications has decreased from 38.4% (53,616) in 2001 to 28.0% (46,192) in 2011.[9]

workIt is estimated that around 4,000 new jobs will be created in the North East in the period to 2020.[10] However, the 462,000 existing jobs that will need 'replacing' in this period (as existing employees retire or progress) will increasingly require a higher level of technical skill. There is a need to ensure that skills levels keep pace with these changes. A survey by Skills for Life identified that adults with numeracy qualification Level 1 or above earn on average 26% more than adults with skills below this level.[11]

The number of new apprenticeships saw a significant increase from 2010/11 onwards. In 2016/17 there were 2,380 apprenticeship starts in Gateshead. 2015/16 saw 1,390 completions in Gateshead - the number of completions has consistently been around this mark in recent years.[12]

See also: '16-18 Not in employment, education or training'


[1] Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, DfE 2016/17 (PHOF website)

[2] Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, DfE 2013/14 (Local Health website)

[3] Local Authority allocations for early learning for 2-year-olds: 2014 to 2015, DfE

[4] School Performance tables, DfE 2016/17 (DfE KS2 School Performance Tables website)

[5] School Performance tables, DfE 2016/17 (DfE KS4 School Performance Tables website)

[6] GCSE and equivalent entries and achievements of pupils at the end of KS4 by disadvantage and first language, Characteristics Local Authority Tables, DfE 2016/17 (GOV.uk website)

[7] Gateshead Special Educational Needs Assessment and Disabilities Needs Assessment 2017, Jan 2017 School Census, Gateshead Council

[8] Widening Participation in High Education Main Tables 2017 for 2014/15 (GOV.uk website)

[9] Census, ONS 2011

[10] NELEP Skills Action Plan Evidence Base Final Report, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, May 2013

[11] The 2011 Skills for Life Survey, DBIS, Dec 2012

[12] Apprenticeships geography data tool: starts 2011/12 to 2016/17 reported to date ; Apprenticeships geography data tool: achievements 2011/12 to 2015/16 (GOV.uk website)

Last modified on 29th June 2018

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