Jersey considers new way to measure schools

Jersey's Education Department is looking at introducing a new way to measure secondary school performance.

Former head teacher Richard Rolfe has said the island should introduce the Contextual Value Added (CVA) report to compare schools.

CVA measures teaching quality instead of comparing GCSE results.

Breakdowns for each school published for the first time have revealed two Jersey schools would be among the lowest performing in England and Wales.

'Very positive'

This year 13% of Grainville's pupils managed five A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths. The figure was 18% at Haute Valle.

The Education Department said it was not fair to make direct comparisons because of the island's selective education system.

Jersey has four state-run secondary schools as well as two single sex fee-paying grammar schools, two Catholic private schools and a post-14 selective grammar school.

The Education Department said it was developing a pupil progress system and exploring introducing a form of CVA as well.

The outgoing Education Minister, Deputy James Reed, said: "We can't compare our education system with that of the UK, what we can do is look at how our schools are performing and what benefits our young people are getting.

"I think if we look at that picture the results are very positive."

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