Hard work pays off as pupils progress
Figures show reading and writing standards up
FOUR-FIFTHS of pupils in the county reached the expected level in reading and writing by the end of primary school.
New figures show 80 per cent of children in the county achieved at least a level four in reading and maths tests and the writing teacher assessment at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in 2014.
This was up from 79 per cent in 2013, according to the figures from the Department for Education.
Three out of 10 pupils achieved at least a level five, putting their performance above the average for the age group.
For all three assessments more than 90 per cent of pupils made at least two levels of progress since the end of infants.
The results for more than half a million 11-year-olds (Key Stage 2) show the percentage achieving the expected level (level four) in reading, writing and maths has risen by three percentage points to 79 per cent while the proportion achieving the more challenging level 4b is also up – from 63 per cent to 67 per cent.
Today’s figures also show the number of primaries below the floor has remained stable even though schools have been judged on a new tougher threshold.
This year, a more challenging floor standard has been introduced – with the proportion of pupils required to reach the expected level rising by five per cent (from 60 to 65 per cent).
Schools Minister David Laws said: “I am pleased to see that primaries have responded to the challenge of a higher floor standard – we have raised the bar and schools have raised their game.
“It is also encouraging to see the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers continue to narrow and parents, teachers and pupils deserve to be congratulated for their efforts.
“But we know there is more to do and there are still too many areas with simply unacceptable levels of attainment for disadvantaged pupils.
“We are committed to helping schools do more and have increased the pupil premium they receive per pupil to £1,300 so they have the resources they need.”