Hard work pays off as pupils progress

Fig­ures show read­ing and writ­ing stan­dards up

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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