Half of pri­mary pupils fail to make the grade

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @oliv­er­clayRWWN

ex­pected stan­dard.

Maths test scores were also be­neath the re­gional and na­tional av­er­ages.

The DfE found that the num­ber of high achiev­ers in Hal­ton was 3%, again smaller than the 5% recorded for the North West and rest of Eng­land.

How­ever, the bor­ough was un­like many other ar­eas in that Run­corn and Widnes’s dis­ad­van­taged pupils out­per­formed their bet­ter-off peers, with 51% of poorer chil­dren in Hal­ton achiev­ing the ex­pected stan­dard in the core sub­jects of read­ing, writ­ing and maths.

More young­sters re­ceiv­ing free school meals (50%) also reached the marker level than those who did not have sub­sidised din­ing.

Dis­ad­van­taged pupils were still be­hind the na­tional and re­gional av­er­ages when com­pared to chil­dren from sim­i­lar so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds.

The DfE said the test re­sults were the first to be ● pub­lished since the in­tro­duc­tion of a ‘more chal­leng­ing’ Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum in 2014.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil has said the fig­ures were un­like past years.

Cllr Tom McIn­er­ney (chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies), said: “Hal­ton pupils have tra­di­tion- ally per­formed well at Key Stage 2.

“2016 was the first year of the new more chal­leng­ing assess­ment ar­range­ments.

“We are work­ing to­gether with all our schools to en­sure the best pos­si­ble out­comes for pupils in fu­ture years.” ●

A more ‘chal­leng­ing’ assess­ment regime may be a fac­tor in Hal­ton pri­mary school pupils’ per­for­mance fig­ures

Cllr Tom McIn­er­ney

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