Essex: Key stage 2 results go up

THE number of 11-year-olds in Essex reaching the expected level in English and maths has increased.

Provisional Key Stage 2 results published by the Government yesterday showed 78% of pupils achieved Level 4 or above in both subjects in 2012, compared to 74% in 2011.

The figure was just shy of the national average of 79% but still fared better than neighbouring counties Suffolk (74%) and Norfolk (75%).

The results, from Sats tests taken by all 11-year-olds in May, showed 85% of pupils achieved Level 4 in English, while 84% of pupils achieved the same in maths, matching the national averages.

Overall, girls out performed boys. In English, 89% of girls achieved Level 4, compared to 80% of boys. More girls also achieved Level 4 in reading but both groups did equally well in maths.

Yesterday Essex County Council (ECC) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) welcomed the news.

The county’s results are in line with national figures, which also show more primary school pupils than ever reaching national curriculum standards.

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Stephen Castle, ECC’s cabinet member for education, said: “I would like to congratulate Key Stage 2 pupils for their hard work as they continue to progress with their education and learning.

“Essex County Council is dedicated to increasing educational achievement across the county, and ensuring that all children get the education they deserve. We are also committed to building the best education system so that every pupil can go on to fulfil their academic potential.

“We have some excellent schools in Essex, and pupils, teachers and parents all play a big part in Essex’s educational successes. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work.”

His comments were echoed by general secretary of Essex NUT, Jerry Galzier, who said the results were a credit to the teachers.

“These improvements are welcome and primarily as a result of the dedication and commitment of teachers, combined with the right attitude of students and parents,” he said.