Insight e-bulletin - August 2018

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Insight e-bulletin — August 2018

In this issue:

  1. Public Expenditure in Coventry in 2016-17
  2. Property Rental Prices in Coventry in 2017-18
  3. Post-16 School Sixth Form Results in Coventry 2018
  4. GCSE Results in Coventry 2018

Public expenditure in Coventry in 2016-17

Source: Insight, Coventry City Council

The infographic below shows the amount of public money spent on the provision of services for Coventry's population in 2016-17. It looks at net expenditure and does not take into account capital expenditure, assets, investments, taxation, and other grant incomes. In the example of Fire Services, which covers the West Midlands Metropolitan County, the total cost of the provision of services (£59 million) is multiplied by Coventry's share of Metropolitan County's population to arrive at the figure of £7 million.

In terms of net operating expenditure, £1,977 million of the public's money was spent on Coventry. At £777 million, the biggest spending was on Pensions, Allowances, and Benefits, followed by Health at £590 million, and Schools and Academies at £281 million.


Property rental prices in Coventry 2017-18

Sources: Valuation Office Agency & Insight, Coventry City Council

In May 2018, the Insight team created an interactive map that shows the differences in rental prices between Coventry's postcodes. Recently, private rental market summary statistics by England's regions and administrative areas for 2017-18 were released. It looks at private rental transactions that Rent Officers have entered into the lettings information database. Only cases where there was sufficient evidence of a transaction taking place were taken into consideration. Coventry details are as follows:


Post-16 School Sixth Form results in Coventry 2018

Source: Insight, Coventry City Council

After significant changes to the content and structure for the majority of A-Levels, the results were announced earlier this month. Coventry's performance is as follows:

Participation and entries:

  • A2 entries for 2018 have increased by 150 entries (5.1%) against a national decrease of 3.4%. 
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications entries have decreased by 126 entries (15%).


  • 97.4% of Coventry's sixth formers achieved an A*-E grade, in line with national results. While national pass rate decreased by 0.3%, Coventry's only decreased by 0.1%.
  • The percentage of students achieving an A*, the highest grade in their A-Levels, increased from last year at 4% to 4.3% this year. However, this remains below the national rate of 7.9%.
  • Of the students doing vocational qualifications, the achievement rate increased to 97% this year from 94% last year. A 100% pass rate was achieved by students taking BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-Levels), as well as students who took the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to two A-levels).

GCSE results in Coventry 2018

Source: Insight, Coventry City Council

Insight's Data Team published a press release on GCSE results in August 2018. See an extract below:

Early indications suggest Coventry students have performed really well in this year’s new, tougher GCSE exams. Citywide improvements have been recorded in:

  • Attainment 8 (results across 8 subjects) – up by 0.3 points (points along the 9-1 grading scale)
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in English and Maths combined – up by 1.3 percentage points
  • Standard pass (grades 9-4) in English and Maths combined – up by 1.7 percentage points
  • Standard pass (grades 9-4) in English – up by 0.3 percentage points
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in Maths – up by 6 percentage points

Almost half of Coventry’s secondary schools have improved results in all or some of the above indicators. The biggest improvement was in the strong pass (grades 9-5) in Maths, up by 6 percentage points from the previous year to 44%.

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