Primary school success in Havering

Havering schools are giving our children the best start in life, a government report revealed.

It means that 60 per cent or more of youngsters in all the borough’s primary schools are achieving the level expected for the age group in reading, writing and arithmetic.

The figures, released recently, come as ministers vowed to tackle “chronic” under-performance in primary education.

Official stats showed that more than 1,000 schools are failing to adequately teach the basics - but no schools in the borough fell below the floor standard.

Cllr Paul Rochford, cabinet member for Children and Learning, said: “We are extremely proud that Havering was one of just two authorities in England where every school met the Government’s tough new standard for English and maths.

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“Education is one of our highest priorities and that is shown year on year as exam results continue to improve across our schools.”

Hammersmith and Fulham was the only other council in the country with a full sweep of primary school success.

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Nationally, a third of 11-year-olds are not achieving the results they should be in the three Rs, with one in 10 boys leaving primary school with the reading age of a seven-year-old.

One of 14 boys also go on to secondary school with the writing age of a seven-year-old, the Department for Education figures showed.

Three schools recorded 0 per cent for the proportion of pupils gaining Level 4 in both English and maths.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: “We are taking action to end years of chronic under-performance.”

Under the Government’s target, primaries do not meet the floor standard if fewer than 60 per cent of pupils reach Level 4.

According to the figures, 82 per cent of all pupils achieved Level 4 or above for English in the Key Stage 2 tests, up two percentage points from 2010.

For maths, the figure was 80 per cent, up one percentage point from last year.

The 1,310 schools that failed to meet the target, out of more than 16,000 schools that fielded candidates across England, could potentially risk being closed or taken over.

About 550,000 pupils took the tests in May.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: “League tables do not give a rounded picture of the real achievement of schools. All schools operate in unique circumstances and they should not be judged on where they rank in league tables alone.”

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