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Primary school attainment levels rise

12/12/2014 Joanna
Primary school attainment has risen in every subject and the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has continued to shrink.

Official figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show 79 per cent of 11-year-olds are now achieving the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and maths (3Rs) - a rise of three percentage points on the previous year's figure.

In addition, the proportion achieving the more challenging level 4b has risen from 63 per cent to 67 per cent.

Meanwhile, there has been a six percentage point rise in the proportion of disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected level in the 3Rs between 2012 and 2014, from 61 to 67 per cent.

Over the same period, the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed by two percentage points.

Despite the introduction of a more challenging floor standard this year - with the proportion of pupils required to reach the expected level rising by five per cent (from 60 per cent to 65 per cent) - there was no rise in the proportion of schools below this level.

Schools in London continued to perform well, but there were also a number of successes around the country.

Trafford and Cheshire East are second and sixth respectively for local authorities with the highest proportions of pupils achieving the challenging level 4b in the 3Rs.

Some 22 local authorities had no institutions below the floor, including North Tyneside and St Helens.

Schools minister David Laws said: "I am pleased to see that primaries have responded to the challenge of a higher floor standard - we have raised the bar and schools have raised their game.

"It is also encouraging to see the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers continue to narrow and parents, teachers and pupils deserve to be congratulated for their efforts."

However, he added that there are still too many schools with low levels of attainment for the disadvantaged, which is why the government has increased the pupil premium to £1,300.

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