Results for reading and Maths for Nottinghamshire pupils at the end of primary school show an improvement from 2016 according to final government figures out today (Thu, 14 Dec).
The Department for Education data reveals tests and teacher assessments for 11-year-olds across all 152 English local authority areas and individual schools performed in their SAT tests last summer.
Pupils are now in line or above with national figures for reading, writing and maths, but are 1 percentage point below the national figures for grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The County Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services, Councillor Philip Owen said: “It’s very encouraging to see that results for reading, writing and Maths combined – the Government’s key performance indicator at the end of primary school – are in line with the national picture.
“In the past year, pupils have also closed the gap in terms of the percentage achieving the ‘expected’ standard in reading – up nearly 7% to 72% – this is very pleasing.
“It is also very encouraging given that expectations for 11-year-olds were only raised two years ago through the introduction of a more challenging curriculum.”
Pupils are expected to reach the expected standard in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling; maths; and writing at the end of primary school. And this year, Nottinghamshire pupils’ results were up on 2016 for each individual subject.
“These results mean most children in Nottinghamshire will have started their secondary education in September with strong basic skills allowing them to continue to achieve well”, continued Coun Owen.
“The outcomes also reflect the hard work and dedication of head teachers, teachers and the wider school communities, including families, in ensuring that schools in Nottinghamshire continue to deliver high quality education which has resulted in these positive results.”
Coun Owen added: “Pupils should be proud of their performance at the higher standard with improvements witnessed in reading and Maths. However, this remains an area of challenge for our schools as these are slightly below national figures.
“It is our ambition that achievements at the end of Key Stage 2 will continue to improve across the board.”
When compared with the county’s statistical neighbours, Nottinghamshire is placed 4thout of 11 other local authorities in the combined measure of reading, writing and Maths at the expected standard.
This means that Nottinghamshire has maintained its ranking against statistical neighbours since 2016 and is in the top half of local authorities nationally.