Thurrock pupils are top of the class despite pandemic

21 July 2021

Thurrock school pupils have come top of the class again beating national averages for English and maths despite coping with the extra pressures put on them due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for education and children's social care, presented the report on Wednesday 21 July. He said, "Despite the many challenges of the pandemic our schools, early years and other education settings have shown resilience and some truly fantastic results that must be commended.

"Results in English and maths reached new highs in 2020, with 48.3% of learners achieving 9-5 (high) in English and maths compared to the average of 38.2% in 2019 and also exceeding the national average of 46.3% for 2020. In any year this would be a tremendous achievement but with the extra pressures pupils were under last year it is even more impressive.

"A staggering 86% of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans maintained by Thurrock in 2020 were also completed within the statutory 20-week timescale, compared to the 59% completion rate for the East of England.

"It's fantastic to see the strengths of our children's social care services too, with a focus on making sure children are safeguarded and physically seen and spoken to. By July 2020 more than 90% of children had been seen face-to-face, up from a position of 50% at the beginning of the pandemic and up to 98% by May 2021. Our officers have overcome tremendous challenges to both support and protect our vulnerable young people, whilst using creative working practices and continuing to work closely with partners and families.

"As the country hopefully moves in to the recovery phase of COVID-19 it will see us continue to support our most vulnerable children and young people, whilst working closely with our stakeholders and partners to provide a strong educational offer for the many generations to come.”

The full report is available to read at Council agenda, Wednesday 21 July.