A “generation of young children is being failed”, a Suffolk MP has said, after the county was ranked the joint fourth-worst authority nationwide following poor primary school results.

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Some 30% of the county’s 6,905 Year Six students failed to pass standard exams in English and mathematics this year, Department for Education statistics showed.

Under the Government’s tougher standards, for the first time schools are judged on the number of children achieving at least a Level 4 – the standard expected of the age group – in reading and writing as separate subjects, as well as maths.

They must ensure that at least 60% of pupils reach this level in all three subjects and meet national averages in pupil progress to be considered “above the floor”.

But nearly one in seven primary schools in Suffolk is failing to reach education secretary Michael Gove’s new tightened threshold.

Twenty-one primary schools out of 155 (14%) slipped beneath the minimum accepted level of test results.

Schools that fail to meet the target are considered under-performing and face being taken over and turned into academies.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “These figures demonstrate what we all know only too well; we do not have enough good schools. A generation of young children is being failed.

“I want to stress there are many fantastic teachers in Suffolk and they need celebrating, but their work is being undermined through bad leadership of schools.

“We need a sense of urgency which the county council has not yet shown. That means changes to under-performing schools.

“We need to do more to recruit more young teaching graduates, like Teach First.

“We have just got to stop this hand-wringing and get on with rooting out bad teaching and start promoting great teaching.”

Further analysis of the statistics shows that, for reading, 83% of primary school pupils in Suffolk achieved the benchmark Level 4 grade or above – a 1% fall from last year.

Writing rose by 4%, climbing to 81%. Mathematics remained unchanged at 80%.

Graham White, secretary of the Suffolk branch of the National Union of Teachers, called for better investment in education.

“The council needs to start listening to teachers and taking on board advice from Ofsted, which it currently is not doing,” he added.

Click here to see how each primary school in Suffolk performed in the latest tests.

7 comments

  • So is the population of this country 'being failed' by a sham load of tory toffs with their inherited wealth !!, Mr Gummer does not seem to care much about that !! Roll on May 2015 !!

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    freedomf

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • The reality is that this is a failure of our MPs and County Councilors to provide leadership and secure proper funding for our schools. It's also unclear what the effect has been of a government constantly moving the goalposts has been. Private independent schools that fail their pupils don't last very long. Publicly funded schools don't have the same drivers to succeed.

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • take all the battery gadgets away from them before class.and take the classroom clock away.nothing worse than clock watching.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Terence seems to be suggesting it is the pupils fault for failing to learn. On that basis why do we fund schools at all if the children will learn anyway if they want to? Is this a bid by SCC to reduce spending further?

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Ben the Man is back out of hibernation well well, with views as well. what do he care about eduction for the masses with his private education. This is his watch so as an election is not far around the corner I bet you will see him sprout his wonderful words of wisdom, unless it`s the northern By Pass then thats a different matter, my Family lives to close to I don't want it.

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    a west

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • like children , you can take a horse to the trough but you cannot make it drink. it is not always the teachers fault.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • If the results are not up to standard, perhaps some of this is down to your colleague Mr Gove !, after all he seems to be 'meddling' in everything connected with Education, but without the results ? You tory MP's in East Anglia have had 3 and a half years to affect the results........so what Mr Gummer Jnr have you achieved ??

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    freedomf

    Friday, December 13, 2013

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