Craig welcomes news that record numbers of students are benefiting from good school places

With thousands of parents today receiving secondary school offers, Craig is pleased to welcome the news that 184 708 more children in Yorkshire and the Humber are attending good and outstanding schools.

There are now 639 033 pupils attending good and outstanding schools in Yorkshire and the Humber, compared with 454 325 in 2010. This means that more young people in Yorkshire and the Humber will have the opportunity to develop the skills they need to excel later in life.

Since 2010, 735,000 additional school places have been created – with 136,000 created in the last year alone – meaning parents now have greater choice over where their children go to school. 83 per cent of pupils were offered a place at their first choice secondary school last year, and nine out of ten pupils now get one of their top three choices of schools.

1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools, compared with 2010, and £5.8 billion is being invested in creating even more good school places.

Craig has welcomed this latest confirmation of rising school standards:

“This is great news for Calder Valley and means that more children will gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success. It’s vital that opportunity is spread right across the country, so it’s encouraging to see that all English regions are benefiting for rising school standards. We want everyone to go as far as their talents will take them, and our reforms are ensuring that more young people are being given the opportunity to succeed.”



  • There are now 1.9 million more students attending schools rated good or outstanding, compared with 2010. This is 87 per cent of children compared to 66 per cent seven years ago (DfE, 30 November 2017, link)


  • The proportion of good or outstanding schools has increased for secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units. In August 2017, 89 per cent of schools were judged to be good or outstanding at their most recent inspection. This compares with 68 per cent in 2010 (Ofsted,  Maintained schools and academies inspections and outcomes as at 31 August 2017, link)


  • The attainment gap between disadvantaged secondary school pupils and their peers has narrowed by 3.2 per cent since last year and 10 per cent since 2011. The pupil premium, which was introduced in 2011, provides additional funding for more disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as their peers (DfE, 5 December 2017, link).


  • The number of students entering at least four of the five EBacc subject areas have increased by 4.8 percentage points – up to 82 per cent in 2017. The EBacc was introduced as a measure in the 2010 school performance tables to increase take up of core academic subjects: English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language (DfE, 25 January 2018, link).
  • Schools funding is at a record high. Over the next two years alone, it will rise from £41 billion a year to more than £43 billion a year, and the Government is investing £5.8 billion to 2020 to create even more good school places. This money is given to councils based on their own estimates of the number of places they will need (Hansard, 6 November 2017, Volume 630, link; DfE, 18 October 2017, link).

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