A BET­TER UN­DER­STAND­ING OF THE WORLD

Lat­est fig­ures show stan­dards for Bucks five-year-olds are up

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by MANUEL RO­DRIGUEZ Data Reporter

MORE five-year-olds in Buck­ing­hamshire achieved a good level of de­vel­op­ment in 2017, ac­cord­ing to stan­dards set by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.

Over the last school year, 73.5% of the pupils reached this stan­dard in the early years as­sess­ment, up from 70.6% in 2016. The av­er­age rate for Eng­land was 69%.

The de­part­ment bench­mark for chil­dren with a “good level of de­vel­op­ment” is to achieve the min­i­mum ex­pected level in five of the seven ar­eas as­sessed.

These are per­sonal, so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment, phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lan- guage, math­e­mat­ics and lit­er­acy.

The eval­u­a­tion is made by the teacher in the fi­nal term of Re­cep­tion.

The sub­ject where most pupils met the min­i­mum ex­pected score in Buck­ing­hamshire was ex­pres­sive arts and de­sign. About 89% of the pupils hit the mark.

The low­est level of achieve­ment was in lit­er­acy - just 72.8% of pupils met the Govern­ment’s min­i­mum re­quired mark.

The topic where chil­dren im­proved their rate of suc­cess the most was un­der­stand­ing of the world.

About 86.5% met the level ex­pected, up from 75.4% in 2016.

A to­tal of 6,518 pupils were eval­u­ated in Buck­ing­hamshire in 2017, 3,206 girls and 3,312 boys.

The av­er­age mark across all the ar­eas as­sessed was 35.5, out of a pos­si­ble 51.

In Eng­land, the av­er­age mark was 34.5 in 2017.

Girls in Buck­ing­hamshire did bet­ter than boys, scor­ing on av­er­age 2.2 more points.

Rosamund McNeil, as­sis­tant gen­eral sec­re­tary at the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Union, con­sid­ered the as­sess­ment pos­i­tive in terms of help­ing teach­ers and par­ents know more about chil­dren’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

She said: “The pur­pose of this as­sess­ment is to gather in­for­ma­tion and help teach­ers plan the next stage for that child. Prac­ti­tion­ers are re­ally sup­port­ive of it and they are very wor­ried be­cause they feel the Govern­ment does not like it be­cause it is not just lim­ited to nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy.”

Com­ment­ing on the bet­ter per­for­mance by girls, she said: “Gen­der is one of the fac­tors but not crit­i­cal at this stage. You also have to take into ac­count that 20% of the kids may have some ad­di­tional need and it re­ally mat­ters which month in the year chil­dren were born.

“Ev­ery child de­vel­ops at a dif­fer­ent pace from the age of three to 18, and that is some­thing that every­body has to un­der­stand.”

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