Pupils' progress above average in key subjects
City youngsters are making better progress in English and maths than county children, test results for 11-year-olds have revealed.
Provisional Sats results published by the Department for Education yesterday showed that in the city 90 per cent of youngsters progressed two levels in English between the ages of seven and 11, compared with 88 per cent in the county, and 89 per cent nationally.
In maths, 87 per cent of pupils in Leicester progressed two levels, compared with 85 per cent in Leicestershire. The national average was 87 per cent.
Councillor Vi Dempster, city council education spokeswoman, said: "Standards in city primary schools are rising year-on-year and this deserves to be celebrated.
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"The progress children are making in their primary years is a tribute to the great work being done in our schools.
"I'm delighted with the rate of progression shown in these latest figures.
"The fact that our children are now making progress in English at a rate above the national average is further icing on the cake."
The scales go from one for a typical five-year-old to seven for an above-average 14-year-old. The figures measure the number of pupils rising by any two of these levels.
The Government requires at least 60 per cent of pupils in every primary school to reach level four in English and maths by the time they are 11 years old.
Despite the city council's good progress, overall marks still lagged behind county and national results in the three key subjects because fewer children reached level four.
However, children who entered primary schools at a late stage and sat the tests – some of whom could not speak English – will be removed from official figures later this year.
Leicester is known to have a high proportion of these and its final figures are expected to rise when they are excluded.
School-by-school results will not be available until December.
Figures yesterday showed that in Leicester 76 per cent of pupils had achieved level four in English and maths combined, compared with 80 per cent in Leicestershire. Nationally the proportion was also 80 per cent.
Councillor Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council education spokesman, said: "We have top-notch results which reflect the hard work of our children and young people, teachers, school staff and governors.
"Our figures show significant rises in all key areas and mean that a greater number of our children are achieving more."
This summer, English results were based on teacher assessment at writing and an externally-marked reading exam.
In previous years, they were based solely on externally marked tests. The changes make comparisons difficult.