The data behind Haringey’s latest academic successes

The 2023 national assessment data reflects outstanding achievements by Haringey pupils across early years, primary and secondary stages. We also saw a significant closing of the gaps at Key Stage 2 in particular. We are incredibly proud of the exceptional teaching and learning in all our member schools and the data now clearly shows the impact this is having on children and young people’s attainment.

Before we get into the details, here are some highlights:

  • Whilst Haringey is 4th most deprived borough in London, we are now at or above the London average for all early years and primary attainment measures.
  • Key Stage 2 has improved from consistently being in the bottom 5 in London (in line with deprivation) to hitting the London average for the first time.
  • We have made these huge gains at Key Stage 2 by closing the gaps: Black Caribbean and Turkish pupils leaped up by 7 and 4 percentage points respectively, reflecting our borough-wide focus on racial equity; pupils with SEN went from very high already to exceptional (7th in the country); and the gender gap reduced from 10% pre-pandemic to 3.5% this year.
  • GCSE and A-level results are significantly higher than 2019 – which is the key comparator as the data has been put back to pre-pandemic benchmarks.

In the rest of this blog post, we’ll explore the accomplishments by Key Stage and conclude by identifying priority areas needing further focus. The following numbers reflect the high quality of teaching and learning happening across the borough’s schools.

Early Years pupils exceed London and national averages

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, 73% of Haringey pupils achieved a Good Level of Development, exceeding the London average by 4 percentage points and the national average by 6 percentage points. Results for all Early Learning Goals were also strong, with Haringey outperforming national averages by 1 to 5 per cent in all areas including communication/language, physical development, personal/social/emotional development, literacy, maths, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.

Key Stage 1 success rates impress across reading, writing and maths

Attainment and progress in the last ever Key Stage 1 assessments were extremely strong. The percentage of Haringey students reaching the Expected Standard in reading, writing, and maths combined was higher than the London average and 6 percentage points above the national average. At the more challenging Greater Depth standard, Haringey pupils exceeded the London top quartile. In reading specifically, Haringey ranked 14th in London for the Expected Standard, and 3rd for Greater Depth.

All Key Stage 1 pupil subgroups within Haringey equalled or outperformed their national counterparts, showcasing broad-based strength. And while gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers persist, these gaps are smaller within Haringey than nationally, reflecting concerted efforts to support all learners.

Key Stage 2 attainment tops London and national figures 

Haringey’s Key Stage 2 pupils recorded incredibly strong results, with the percentage reaching the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths topping London and national figures at 67.2%. Haringey’s progress rates exceeded national averages across all three core subjects. Highlights include an impressive 25% of Year 6 students reaching the Greater Depth standard for writing, compared to 13% nationally.

As above, the gains for Black Caribbean students, Turkish and Kurdish students, boys and SEND have been enormous and are immensely welcoming in closing a number of key attainment gaps. In addition, girls, White British, and disadvantaged pupils far outperformed national comparators.

Key Stage 4 metrics show positive trends

GCSE results tell a similarly positive story. Haringey’s provisional Attainment 8 score of 48.1 represents a nearly two-point increase over 2019 results and places the borough 22nd in London. Disadvantaged pupils notably recorded an Attainment 8 score of 38.8, much higher than the national average. Haringey’s overall Progress 8 score of +0.21 also surpasses national progress rates, evidencing the positive progress students make compared with peers nationally with similar starting points.

Key Stage 5 success rates reach top national quartile

Finally, in post 16, A-Level students in Haringey schools achieved an impressive 35.7 points per entry versus 32.85 points in 2019. This positions the borough in the top national quartile for post-16 attainment and surpasses the average scores seen across London for the first time. Haringey’s 57 T-level students likewise impressed, averaging 33.61 points to take Haringey students studying technical qualifications from 145th in 2019 to 19th nationally.

Ongoing work must target persistent gaps 

While these results speak to real strengths within Haringey schools, some groups and subject areas have been highlighted as needing extra focus and support.

In the Early Years, for example, gaps remain for Turkish, disadvantaged, Black Caribbean and SEN pupils. Language support and phonics instruction have seen improvements for these groups, but work is still needed to enable all Haringey children to have the best possible start to their education.

Similarly, at Key Stage 2, outcome gaps affecting Turkish, Black Caribbean and EAL pupils have narrowed, partly thanks to the strong commitment to racial equity work in all schools across the borough and the focus on curriculum and pedagogy. However, there is still much more to do for everyone to have an equal opportunity to succeed.

The same holds true at Key Stage 4, where concerted actions have narrowed outcome gaps, yet attainment gaps persist. In particular, whilst Progress 8 of -0.4 for Black Caribbean students in Haringey is in line with London and national, this is simply unacceptable. This is a critical area of focus across Haringey’s secondary schools.

Celebrating and maintaining excellence

Haringey’s 2023 results are testament to the excellence in teaching and learning right across our schools and the impact it can make for children and young people. We are hugely proud at HEP to support this through our consistent focus on school leadership, curriculum and pedagogy. We work with the absolute best in education, including our humanities and science Key Stage 2 curriculum resources; Walkthrus to support the craft of teaching; and our Improvement and Support Partner teams. Because of this, we are confident we will continue to see students flourishing in our member schools. We are working together across the Haringey school system to address the systemic inequalities that remain and hope to be able to show we are closing the gap even further in the future.

About the Author:

James Page

James is Chief Executive of HEP. He was previously joint Assistant Director for schools and learning in Haringey Council and has worked in DfE and extensively in central government and consultancy. He is also a parent governor in the Borough.