East Midlands and Humber

Key trends in the region:

  • GCSE outcomes across the region are below the national level. This year’s provisional results for GCSEs show that only 53.0% of pupils in the East Midlands achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics compared with 56.3% nationally. Outcomes for this measure are especially low in Nottingham (41.5%), Derby (46.2%) and Leicester (49.5%).

  • In England there are 16 local authorities (LAs) where fewer than 60% of pupils attend secondary schools that are good or outstanding and which have lower than average attainment and progress at GCSE.  Three of those LAs are in the East Midlands and Humber region.  They are Derbyshire, Barnsley and Doncaster.

Shape of the region – key stats:

  • The East Midlands and Humber region comprises 17 Local Authorities ranging from York in the north to Rutland in the south.
  • Within those Local Authorities there are over 2,500 state funded mainstream (non-special) schools, of which approximately 900 are academies and 700 are faith schools.
  • There are over 130 approved academy sponsors and Multi-Academy Trusts
  • 80% of all schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted
  • There are 500,000 primary pupils, 26% of which are in academies and 375,000 secondary pupils, 70% of which are in academies.

Shape of things to come:

  • We will continue to support the growth of existing sponsors and recruit new sponsors in identified areas of need within the region, by improving the quality and capacity of existing sponsors through structured programmes and active recruitment of good/outstanding academies, maintained schools and Teaching Schools who aren’t yet sponsors or Multi-Academy Trusts.
  • Open academy performance continues to be a top priority for the RSC, taking intervention action where sponsors are not turning around performance quickly enough.
  • The RSC is keen to encourage the growth of smaller trusts to help them build strong capacity and capability. We are working to support those smaller trusts that have the potential for further growth, as well as supporting the larger trusts that can expand into or within the region.   Strong governance of new and growing trusts will be key to this.
  • We will be developing and implementing a strategy for intervention in ‘coasting’ schools in the region on the assumption that the Education and Adoption Bill passes through Parliament in the New Year.

John Edwards, Regional Schools Commissioner for East Midlands and Humber