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Mullan welcomes narrowing of attainment gap

15 December, 2017 - by Karen Mullan

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has welcomed the latest increase in GCSE and A-Level performance here.

The Foyle MLA was speaking after the Department of Education released analysis of this year’s exam results.

“The analysis shows that 69% of pupils got at least 3 A-levels at grades A*-C, compared to 66.3% in 2016,” she commented.

“Over 70% got at least five GCSE's at A*-C including English and Maths, up 2.4% on 2016.

“The number of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds has also improved with almost 50% of pupils entitled to free school meals attaining at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C.

That is up from 47% in 2016 and 34% five years ago. Almost 58% of free school meals pupils also got at least three A-Levels at grades A*-C.

“This represents a very welcome narrowing of the attainment gap within our education system which is vital to improving outcomes for all children.

That is something which has been prioritised by successive Sinn Féin Education ministers and we are continuing to see the benefits of that approach on the consistent improvement in performance.

“However, we are also concerned at the fact that some children were not included in the results and we will continue to challenge education officials and schools to ensure that schools are not deliberately excluding any child in order to influence their overall results performance.”

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