07/09/2015 Leave a comment
In amongst the focus on those all-important GCSE and A level results, there is another set of results I look out for and that is Key Stage two results as these are the forerunner to future performance and educational attainment of Suffolk Children at 16+. The good news is that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths in primary schools in Suffolk is continuing to rise.
Data released by the Department for Education today shows 77 per cent of 11-year-olds achieved level 4 or higher in their SAT tests in the three subjects in 2015 – a 4 percentage point rise from the 73 per cent achieving the benchmark in 2014. Statistics used here have been provided by the Department for Education (DFE). The statistics from the DFE are a statistical first release (SFR) and provide provisional 2015 key stage 2 national curriculum assessment results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level. The validated figures will be published in October 2015.
So the SFR says the Suffolk figure of 77 per cent significantly closes the gap to the national average which stands at 80%. Last year Suffolk was six percentage points behind the national average.
Suffolk has improved on its ranking against all authorities and is now 118 out of 150. This is an improvement of 22 places from last year.
Another positive figure emerging for Suffolk is the progress in writing between Key Stages 1 and 2. The percentage of pupils making the expected progress went up from 89 per cent in 2014 to 91 per cent this year. The percentage of children making expected progress from key stage 1 to 2 in Reading and Maths also increased. Both areas seeing a one percentage point rise.
So I think it’s congratulate to our students and all the staff that provide support to them. These results are a credit to them all and bode well for the direction of travel our educational attainment is heading.