Essex schools capped off a fantastic year for education in the county after statistics confirmed the percentage of Key Stage 2 pupils achieving the Government’s new expected standard was above the national average.
The annual primary school performance tables, published by the Department for Education today, show 76 per cent of 11-year-olds in the county achieved at least the expected standard in writing in 2016 – above the England average of 74 per cent.
In maths, 71 per cent achieved the expected standard, compared with 70 per cent nationally.
In reading, 67 per cent of Essex pupils achieved the expected standard – again higher than the national average of 66 per cent.
More than half of Essex pupils (56 per cent) achieved at least the expected standard in the combined reading, writing and maths measure – compared with an England average of 53 per cent.
Comparisons with previous years are not possible because this is the first year the new measures have been used.
The statistics are just the latest cause for celebration for Essex schools and come after this month’s Ofsted Annual Report showed the county is enjoying its best ever educational performance.
According to the report, which is based on inspection data up to the end of August, 95 per cent of secondary school pupils and 91 per cent of the primary school pupils attend schools rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the latest Key Stage 2 statistics, which are a further demonstration of the fantastic improvements Essex schools have been making over recent years.
“The achievements are testament to the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff and governors at the county’s schools.
“Combined with the increasing number of pupils in Essex now attending good or outstanding schools, as confirmed in this month’s Ofsted Annual Report, this is a great way to round off another wonderful year for education in Essex.”
In light of the excellent performance by Essex schools and the high percentage yet to become academies, Essex County Council is currently lobbying the Government against a reduction in education funding from August 2017.
Letters have been written to Education Secretary Justine Greening MP and Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, outlining concerns about the timing of the reduction and how Essex schools will access the support and challenge needed to continuously improve.