This outcome is about ensuring that children and young people grow up in an Island that provides the opportunities they need to achieve their potential by being ready for, and succeeding in, school.
There are seven indicators to measure progress for this outcome, although three are currently under development.
Each has been given a long-term ambition for the future, based on where Jersey is today and Islanders comments in the My Jersey survey.
The recent Future Jersey consultation asked Islanders whether they agreed with the proposed ambitions and their feedback is being taken into consideration as the final vision takes shape.
Measures: % of new born babies with a weight appropriate for their gestational age (usually based on an ultrasound scan).
The facts: in 2015, 93% of Jersey babies were a healthy birth weight, 2% were low and 5% were high birth weight.
Long-term ambition: CONTINUE
This is proposed because birth weight that is not within normal ranges has a strong association with poor health outcomes in infancy, childhood and across the whole life course. It also provides a robust proxy measure for maternal health behaviours and progress in reducing the health impact of socio-economic inequalities.
Measures: % of mothers who are breastfeeding (either fully or partially) at 6-8 weeks.
The facts: overall, 54% of infants born in Jersey between 2013 and 2015 were breastfed at 6-8 weeks; 16% partially and 38% totally. Jersey has seen a marginal improvement over the last five years. In England, breastfeeding prevalence ranged from 19% to 81.5% in 2014-15, with a national average of 44%.
Long-term ambition: IMPROVE
This recognises international research that breastfeeding is linked to better short and long-term health for the mother and child, improved brain development, educational outcomes and better income in adulthood.
Measures: % of pupils who left Key Stage 4 and went on to take a Level 3 qualification (A-Level or equivalent).
The facts: in 2015, 57.5% of Key Stage 4 leavers in Jersey went on to study at least one substantial Level 3 qualification. Participation was higher for girls (71.5%) than for boys (45.3%). In 2016, the UK published a Level 3 participation rate of 71.2%, including pupils who entered an AS level. Including the latter would increase Jersey’s 2016 participation rate to 61.4%.
Long-term ambition: IMPROVE
Gaining an upper secondary qualification is increasingly important. For individuals, it improves the prospect of more rewarding employment and it helps improve the skills base of Jersey’s home-grown workforce.
Measures: the average points score of Jersey pupils in Level 3(A-Level or equivalent standard) examinations.
The facts: in 2015/2016, Jersey pupils’ average point score per entry into Level 3 examinations was 223 (equivalent to a C+). Overall performance over the last three years has not changed significantly. The average score in England in 2015/16 was also equivalent to a C+.
Long-term ambition: TRANSFORM
Enabling Jersey’s children to achieve their potential is key to Jersey’s future. Better qualifications can lead to more satisfying and rewarding work and drive social mobility. Higher skilled workers positively influence productivity, earn higher wages, pay more taxes and need less support.
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