Tables show good progress in English primary schools

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90,000 more pupils leaving primary school with the reading, writing and maths skills needed to succeed at secondary school, according to Primary performance tables.

The 2015 performance tables show the number of schools below the floor standard - the minimum standards for pupil achievement and progress the government expects schools to meet - has fallen by nearly 100 since last year - with 676 failing to meet the expected levels compared to 768 in 2014, when the floor standard was increased.

Despite having some of the most disadvantaged boroughs in the country, London continues to be a trailblazer for excellence, with the lowest proportion of schools falling below the floor target. However, this success is not isolated to the south.

Rutland in the East Midlands and Devon in the South West are in the top 10 areas for the number of primaries where 100% of pupils achieve level 4 or above in the 3Rs and make at least expected progress in each subject, while the North West and North East were second only to London in terms of proportion of schools above the floor.

Figures also show that the difference in performance between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has continued to fall, with more pupils from all backgrounds now starting secondary school ready to succeed.

Headline figures show:
 

  • 80% of pupils achieved level 4 or above in all of reading, writing and maths - in 2010, 1 in 3 pupils did not achieve this level, compared to 1 in 5 today
  • 94% of pupils made at least 2 levels of progress in writing - an increase of 4 percentage points since the earliest comparable figures in 2012
  • 91% of pupils made at least 2 levels of progress in reading - an increase of 2 percentage points since the earliest comparable figures in 2012
  • 90% of pupils made at least 2 levels of progress in maths - an increase of 8 percentage points since 2010
  • attainment in the grammar, punctuation and spelling test increased from 76% in 2014 to 80% in 2015


Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: "It is essential that every child leaves primary school having mastered the basics in reading, writing and maths - thanks to our education reforms thousands more pupils each year are reaching those standards."

The figures also show how standards continue to improve in sponsored academies, most of which were typically previously underperforming schools.

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