Key Stage 2 joy for primary schools

Primary schools in the East Riding have returned their best ever Key Stage 2 results, figures published recently have revealed.

Year 6 pupils achieved a combined result of 81 per cent at level 4+ in both English and maths – a three per cent improvement on last year’s figures.

English at level 4 has improved by two per cent to 87 per cent, while at level 5 there has been an increase of 10 per cent, taking the figure this year to 38 per cent of pupils achieving this higher level of performance at the end of Year 6.

Maths has also improved by two per cent at level 4 and above to 85 per cent and by five per cent at level 5, taking the figure this year to 40 per cent.

The figures also reveal that the percentage of pupils making expected progress from KS1 to KS2 has also increased by five per cent this year to 90 per cent for English and by three per cent to 87 per cent for maths.

Children in the East Riding perform above the national average and are second best in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

This places the East Riding in 49th place out of 150 local authorities, compared to its level of funding, which is the eighth worst in the country.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools at East Riding Council, said: “These outcomes demonstrate that children receive a sound and consistent education in East Riding schools and I congratulate the staff, pupils and parents that have worked hard, and been supportive of the children, to achieve these results.”

Mike Furbank, head of achievement and inclusion at East Riding Council, said: “I would like to thank all of our head teachers, the teams they lead and the children and parents for the efforts they have put in to making these outcomes happen.

“We recognise clearly that this is as a result of creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning in all key stages not just what happens in Year 6 where the tests are taken.

“It is particularly heartening to see the improvement in progress measures which every child contributes to and the significant improvement in level five performance which has been a real focus for the East Riding.

“It should be remembered, however, that poor funding impacts on class size and that the resourcing of schools both in staff and physical terms is directly related to our position as eighth worst funded authority.

“East Riding’s results remain positive and above the national average despite years of under investment by central government.”