City is bot­tom of the class as chiefs pledge to im­prove re­sults

Peter­bor­ough fin­ishes bot­tom of the ta­ble in pri­mary school at­tain­ment as ed­u­ca­tion bosses and head­teach­ers strive to tackle is­sues af­fect­ing pupils.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Coun­cil chiefs have said Peter­bor­ough pri­mary schools should be per­form­ing much bet­ter af­ter fin­ish­ing rock bot­tom of at­tain­ment league ta­bles. The city was ranked 151 out of 151 in ta­bles show­ing achieve­ment i n SATS scores, taken by pupils i n their last year of pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

Pupils re­turned to class af­ter the sum­mer break yes­ter­day, and par­ents were promisedthere­would­be­abig im­prove­mentin­nex­tyear’sre­sults.

Terry Reynolds, the coun­cil’s in­terim di­rec­tor for ed­u­ca­tion, said progress made by young­sters was just as im­por­tant as the at­tain­ment at the end of pri­mary school.

He­said: “No­ne­ofthe­heads we have spo­ken to, none of us think that this level of at­tain­mentout­comeiswhatwe­want and is good enough. We want it to be bet­ter. We have to recog­nise the things that make it like it is and deal with them.

“We also have to recog­nise that kids go­ing through the pri­mary sys­tem need to get to a cer­tain point by 16 +, that’s the key point - its not fin­ished at 11, its fin­ished at 16. What sec­ondary schools will do in year seven is pick up on the re­sults of the kids, they will have catch up pro­grammes for kids who are be­lowthe­ex­pected level, they will be mon­i­tor­ing them through year seven, eight and nine be­fore they start their GC­SEs and make sure that they are mak­ing the progress and catching up with what they need to do.”

But Gary Perkins, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, said the au­thor­ity should re­al­isti- cally be aim­ing sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

He said: “( i n the past) We got con­sis­tently into the high 80s for at­tain­ment and 30s or 40s for progress, and that’s where we should be. We should be in the top third for progress. At­tain­ment, we will not get there but we were in the 80s and low 90s con­sis­tently, and that is where we should be.”

He said he ex­pected a ‘big im­prove­ment’ in the next set of re­sults as this year’s would act ‘as a shock to our schools.’

Mr Perkins said the data to put the ta­bles to­gether wasalso in­com­plete, as it is thought two schools were omit­ted - and the coun­cil was ex­pect­ing the per­cent­age of pupils reach­ing the ex­pected stan­dard to jump by three per cent - which would put the au­thor­ity level at the bot­tom with Bed­ford.

Other­im­prove­ments­from all au­thor­i­ties will also be­seen when pupils who have not been in the coun­try for more than two years are re­moved from the data.

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