SATS levels rise again across Essex

Education: Secondary / Thu 27th Aug 2015 at 10:36am

THE percentage of pupils achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths in state-funded primary schools in Essex has risen once again.

Data released by the Department for Education today shows 81 per cent of 11-year-olds achieved level 4 or higher in their Sats tests in the three subjects in 2015 – a 2 percentage point rise from the 79 per cent achieving the benchmark in 2014.

The Essex figure is also above the national average for state-funded schools, which increased from 79 per cent in 2014 to 80 per cent in 2015.

Essex has improved on its ranking against all authorities and is now 51st out of 151.

Approximately 300 more pupils achieved the expected level this year from last year, which is a 2.5 per cent increase on last year’s figure.

Another headline figure in Essex is the progress in writing between Key Stages 1 and 2. The percentage of pupils making the expected progress rising from 92 per cent in 2014 to 95 per cent this year. As a result, Essex has jumped from 115th in the national rankings to joint 12th.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted with these latest Key Stage 2 statistics, which illustrate the fantastic work going on every day at primary schools in Essex.

“Following the county’s excellent GCSE and A-Level results, it is very pleasing to see the summer capped off in such a positive way ahead of the new academic year.

“As a council, we will continue to work very closely with schools to ensure pupils in Essex receive the best possible education.”

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