The Telegraph reports that the Department for Education has measured how much progress primary school children have made, as well as how many have met the Government’s national standard for the three Rs.
Overall, the number of primary school pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths has risen from 53 per cent last year to 61 per cent this year.
The rise is partly explained by the fact that schools are now in their second year of teaching the new tougher SATs, which incorporate a tougher primary curriculum introduced in 2014, brought in to “raise expectations”.
Failing schools which were ordered by the Government to be turned into “sponsored academies” in a bid to raise standards, but this year’s figures show that these schools under-performed against the average of all local authority-maintained schools.
Even children at schools that were turned into sponsored academies six or more years ago are still making less progress than their peers at local authority schools for in reading, writing and maths.
Meanwhile, children at converter academies – schools which have opted to turn into academies – are have made similar progress to those at local authority schools.
Overall, more than 270,0000 children are at primary schools failed to meet the expected standard by the end of primary school. Schools are considered under-performing if fewer than 65 per cent of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, or if they fail to make sufficient progress in them.
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