Suffolk and Norfolk primary schools improving - but still low in national league tables

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Primary school league tables published today rank Suffolk and Norfolk in the bottom 15 of local education authorities - although both are making progress.

Suffolk is now ranked 139th and Norfolk 143rd out of 152 authorities nationwide based upon the percentage of pupils achieving a level 4 or above in reading and maths tests.

The figures show that 77 per cent of Suffolk’s 11-year-olds and 76 per cent of Norfolk’s 11-year-olds achieved a Level 4 compared to a national average of 81 per cent.

The Government’s benchmark is 65 per cent.

However, the new statistics do show that Suffolk and Norfolk’s pupils are narrowing the gap to the national average.

Suffolk saw a rise of three per cent on last year’s results, the third consecutive year the gap between the national average has decreased.

Gordon Jones, Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Childrens Services, Education and Skills said: “These results provide further proof that education standards in Suffolk are continually improving as a result of our Raising the Bar programme and, most importantly, the efforts of the teaching staff, students and parents.
“What is particularly pleasing is that the gap to national results has continued to reduce and is now just three per cent.

“We have also seen a significant improvement in the performance of Suffolk’s disadvantaged pupils with the gap to national narrowing by five per cent.

“Also encouraging is the rise in the expected levels of progress in our core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.

“We remain determined to do even better in the future to ensure that all our pupils have the best opportunities in life.”

James Joyce, Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said Norfolk’s schools and academies had also closed the gap with the national average this year.

He said: “Despite moving in the right direction, schools have not yet made the significant in-roads that were needed at Key Stage 2.

“For this reason, working closely with the primary heads’ association, we have made Key Stage 2 a key focus for this academic year.

“We have requested clear targets from all junior and primary schools and academies and are collecting data from them termly so that we can track progress.

“We have also carried out thorough analysis to see which schools are under performing in this area so that we can hold them to account more fully.

“Our role is to support and challenge headteachers and governors to ensure that they are focused on improving performance at Key Stage 2 and we know that there is the collective ambition in the county to ensure all of Norfolk’s 11-year-olds are achieving their potential.”

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