It has been revealed that more than 200,000 youngsters are attending underperforming primary schools and it would appear that somewhat of a postcode lottery controls a child’s chances of mastering the basics of reading, writing and maths. This is still an improvement over the past 5 years, according to the Department of Education (DfE).
On a positive note, the number of failing schools was down by 92 in 2015 and now stands at 676. That is around a total of 210,000 pupils or one in twenty of the entire primary school population.
Since 2010, standards are clearly up with 80% children now meeting the required standard compared to just 66% five years ago. In the three key subject areas, 90,000 more pupils are now leaving primary school adequately educated and ready to attend secondary school.
Poor results meant that around 700 primary schools were considered to be failing due to poor results, meaning that unfortunately only one in five children meet standards set in securing a secondary school place. Jewish, CofE and Roman Catholic schools also made up more than half of the top 1,000 schools in the UK.
According to figures from the DfE, success was still rife in London with eight local authority boroughs sitting at the top of the league tables, but the government wants at least 65% of 11-year-old pupils to reach Level 4 in reading, writing and maths. An “underperforming” school is one which fails to meet the benchmark and ultimately could be turned into an academy or moved to a different trust if they already hold academy status.
Every primary school in 23 areas of the country are reaching the benchmark but there are still 7 areas in which only one in seven schools are meeting the requirements. Doncaster, Central Bedfordshire and Wakefield are among the highest proportions of underperforming schools.
Ministers have promised to tackle these areas but they claim that due to reforms, thousands more youngsters are now achieving Level 4. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers have claimed that ministers should focus more on teacher recruitment, providing extra school places and reducing excessive workloads, instead of naming and shaming underperforming local areas and introducing unhelpful measures.
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