Lowest scores in the country
training college so teachers canunderstandtheproblems in Peterborough.
“We are one of three councils to have brought in the Literacy Trust.
“We have not stood still on this.”
Eric Winstone, chair of the Peterborough School Improvement Board, said head teachers would be ‘shedding blood’ to ensure similar results don’t happen again.
He said: “It is what staff and headteachers have been talking about this week that matters. We bleed - on these kinds of results they will be shedding blood - they will be makingsurethat it’s not going to happen again.
“They’ll be taken to account by governing bodies, taken to account by the local authority or through the regional schools commissioner if they are an academy.
“The accountability will be there and it will be coming down. They are professional people.”
TimSmith, headteacher of the Beeches Primary School and a member of the School Improvement Board, added: “Every school in the city has been analysing over the summer, anddoingaverydetailed analysis of its performance down to question level, but equally, this was an unseen, new style of test.”
He added: “Every school you can guarantee will have a school improvement plan which features performance at Key Stage Two tests.”
Results on progress made by pupils during their time i n Peterborough primary schools is expected to be released later this month. The final validated attainment results will be released later thisyear. Thefullleaguetables are available at www.gov.uk/ government/organisations/ department-for-education/ about/statistics The percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in all three subjects in Peterborough was 39 per cent. The score for the East of England was 52 per cent, while across England the score was also 52 per cent. In Peterborough just 35 per cent of boys and 44 per cent of girls reached the expected standard. These scores were the lowest in the country. For individual subjects, 52 per cent reached the expected standard in reading, 62 per cent in grammar, spelling and punctuation and 59 per cent in maths. They were the lowest scores in reading and grammar, spelling and punctuation in the country, and the second lowest in maths. Bed+ford posted a score just one per cent lower.