STAFFORDSHIRE civic leaders have welcomed “very promising” Key Stage Two results in the county’s primary schools.
Primary pupils in Staffordshire have made considerable improvements at Key Stage 2, with initial results showing an increase in reading, writing and maths, according to the latest figures.
Most pupils nationally are expected to obtain a level 4 at Key Stage 2. And initial results show that in Staffordshire, over 85 per cent of pupils achieved at least the expected level in writing, up from just under 84 per cent last year. In maths, levels are now at 86 percent, up by nearly 3 per cent on last year.
By far the biggest increase has been in reading, which is up by nearly 4 per cent on last year, with just over 88 percent of pupils achieving at least a level 4. With writing, reading and maths combined, just over 78 per cent of Staffordshire pupils gained at least the expected level, an improvement on last year of 3 and a half percentage points.
The results will now be sent to the Department for Education for verification, before being published along with the national figures later in the year.
County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills welcomed the improved results. He said: “These initial results are looking very promising, and I am pleased that improvements have been made across reading, writing and maths.
“We want to ensure all pupils in Staffordshire are given a solid foundation on which to build upon in future years, both in education and ultimately in employment. Our recently-released Learning and Skills Strategy challenges every one of our 400 schools to be rated as ‘good or outstanding’ by Ofsted. We have seen some significant improvements in recent years, but we want to go further and move faster to collectively raise standards even more. I am clear that we need to ensure that high performance is consistent across all schools in the county.
“These results show that Staffordshire schools are definitely moving in the right direction. Ultimately, we want to ensure that every child in Staffordshire has the opportunity to attend an excellent school, fulfil their potential and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead fulfilling lives and rewarding careers.”