Agenda item

To receive any announcements from the Chair of Council, the Mayor, Members of the Cabinet or the Head of Paid Service


The Chair of Council, Councillor Linda Curran, made the following announcement:-


The Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Councillor David Nevett, has circulated an email from Dr. Alan Billings’ Office, the Police and Crime Commissioner, about the next Public Accountability meeting which is to be held in this Council Chamber on Monday, 7th October at 10.30 am.  This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.  If you would like to put a Question to either the Police Force or the Police and Crime Commissioner, you must email your question to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office at least three days before the meeting.”


The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, made the following announcement:-


“Earlier this month, I along with the leader of Rotherham Council, Chris Read, and Senior Officers from Doncaster and Rotherham Councils met with Douglas Oakervee as part of his review into HS2. We stated our unchanged position in regards to the current route of HS2, and that if it was to go ahead, that they re-look at the route through South Yorkshire.


I will of course share with Members the written submission next week after it has been submitted to the Oakervee review.”


Councillor Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, made the following announcement:-


“GCSE and A Level results for Doncaster are provisional and will be verified by Ofsted later in the year.


Outcomes for children across Doncaster have improved significantly across all Key Stages and I would like to personally congratulate all the children and young people of Doncaster for some great results this year.


Early years children have a good level of development in 2019 at 72.5%. The national figure is 71.7%.  After four years of continuous improvement, we are now above the national average for the first time.


Key Stage 1; Reading, Writing, Maths combined, has improved and at 65% is now in line with national figures for the first time.


Key Stage 2; Reading, Writing and Maths, has improved and Doncaster’s figure is 77.1% and the national figure is 78.3%.  We are so close; maybe next year.


Key Stage 4; GCSE, provisional data suggests that the average Attainment 8 Score in Doncaster is broadly in line with the emerging national average for the first time.  There has been a substantial improvement in the proportion of Doncaster pupils averaging a standard pass or better in English and Maths (Grade 4+) since 2018, and an even larger improvement in the percentage achieving a strong pass (Grades 5+).  There has been notable improvements across most Schools.


Key Stage 5; the emerging average for all Level 3 and A-Level qualifications shows an average grade of C+.  This is an improvement on 2018.


In technical qualifications, the average grade is Distinction.  This represents a significant increase of 5.8% since last year.


These results demonstrate significant improvement, particularly in the area of vocational qualifications.


Overall, these achievements clearly indicate a positive picture of improving outcomes for our young people moving into the future.”