Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Great progress for Leeds primary schools

Pupils at primary schools in Leeds are making great academic progress according to new figures.

Government figures, called ‘National Indicator’ 93 and 94, show that the percentage of pupils making two levels of progress in English and maths, between the ages of seven and 11 (Key Stage 1 and 2), has increased and is higher than the national average.

Leeds has achieved a six percentage point increase in pupils making two levels of progress in maths. The Leeds figure of 83 per cent is higher than the national average (81 per cent) and that seen in statistical neighbour authorities (81 per cent) - both of which saw an increase of three percentage points from 2008, half the rate of the Leeds increase.

To further boost the results, work to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and subject knowledge is ongoing, the Every Child Counts programme will also be expanded this year, which helps improve maths skills for pupils in Year 2, and will provide the basis for the lowest-attaining pupils to make greater progress beyond Key Stage 1.

In English the result in Leeds of 85 per cent is higher than the national result (82 per cent) and that seen in statistical neighbour authorities (82 per cent). Leeds schools have increased by one percentage point on 2008, whereas the national result has remained static at 82 per cent for 2008 and 2009.

The schools which require most intensive support will continue to receive this, as part of the Improving Schools Programme, through support from a literacy consultant. An additional programme for young children experiencing difficulties with reading is a programme called Every Child a Reader.

Chris Edwards, chief executive at Education Leeds, said:
“These results show once again that our brilliant, inclusive primary schools are giving our children an excellent start in life.”

“Leeds primary schools are performing well and the progress pupils are making between key stage 1 and 2 is very encouraging. However we are not complacent and continually strive for even better results in the future.

“It is great to see that our schools have maintained their strong performance in English and mathematics, and are performing very well compared to other authorities around the country.”

Councillor Richard Harker, executive member for learning, said:
“I’d like to congratulate all the children, their families and school staff for their hard work in achieving a good, solid performance. It’s a real team effort from everyone involved, which they should be pleased with.”

Notes:
• Leeds’ statistical neighbour authorities are: Bolton, Calderdale, Darlington, Derby, Kirklees, North Tyneside, Sheffield, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, and Milton Keynes. Statistical neighbours are the model that the DCSF and Ofsted use for comparative purposes at local authority level.
• Key Stage 1 is the stage of the National Curriculum between ages 5 and 7 years. This indicator relates to tests taken by 7 year olds at the end of KS1.
• KS2 is the stage of the National Curriculum between ages 8 and 11 years. This indicator relates to tests taken by and teacher assessments of pupils at the end of KS2.

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