The government's' programme of education reform has improved the learning of thousands of pupils, according to provisional GCSE figures published by the Department for Education (DfE).
Although they are usually released in January, the DfE has chosen to publish them three months early so that parents feel more informed when submitting application forms for students due to start secondary school in September 2016.
The results show that schools which have converted to academies due to receiving 'outstanding' or 'performing well' Ofsted reports are performing an average of 7.2 per cent better than the national average, with 63.3 per cent of pupils achieving over five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.
In addition, DfE figures showed that sponsorship academies which have recently opened are either matching or improving their performance year-on-year, despite facing the significant challenge of transforming underperforming schools.
Speaking of the successful results, schools minister Nick Gibb said: "As well as raising standards, our plan for education is ensuring more pupils leave school with the qualifications which we know will give them the best possible chance to achieve their full potential."
Posted by Tim Colman