Sir Kevan Collins comments on today’s GCSE results

The Education Endowment Foundation has recently launched a £5m funding round to improve outcomes for 16-18 year olds who have not yet achieved a C grade or above at GCSE English and / or math. Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“We warmly congratulate all those students who’ve got the results their efforts merit. But what really leaps out is the high number of young people who have fallen short of the expected standard of five good GCSEs including English and maths. These qualifications are their passport to success in later life. Those from poorer backgrounds are particularly vulnerable to finding themselves unable to access good quality jobs, apprenticeships and further education.

“Only one in four made the grade in English and maths after sitting the exam a second time. Simply keeping those teenagers in compulsory education for another year is not enough to ensure they leave with the skills they’ll need. We have to generate more and better evidence of which teaching and learning strategies work for 16-18 year olds if we want to make sure re-sitting their exams is worthwhile.”

  1. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), together with JP Morgan, has launched a £5 million funding programme to improve the attainment outcomes and employment prospects of disadvantaged 16-18 year old students, with a focus on supporting those students who need to improve their English and maths. Over the next five years they’ll fund robust, independent evaluations of promising programmes to help identify the most cost-effective
  2. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is a grant-making charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £75.4 million to 127 projects working with over 750,000 pupils in over 7,500 schools across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.