New league tables, not good results

Mr Melaney

A lot of primary schools will probably find this article rather alarming.

New targets for reading, writing and mathematics were brought in this year. These targets are tougher than before in an attempt to improve standards for education.

Well the statistics don’t make pleasant reading. Targets were missed by 767 schools of more than 15000 in which final year pupils take SATs exams. This is higher than last year, when the targets were not so demanding – but comes against a backdrop of overall improving results. About three-quarters of the pupils achieved the expected Level 4 or higher in reading, writing and maths.

And 63% reached a tougher measure brought in this year, which the government says shows children are ready for secondary school. One in five children (21%) reached the even higher grade, Level 5.

The league table data was released by the Department for Education (DfE). Individual schools…

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