Isle of Wight primary schools have improved at a much faster rate than schools nationally in the end of primary assessments, published on Friday (13th December 2019).
The improvement is the third-largest in the country.
Finalised Key Stage 2 results released by the department for 2019, show Island schools have further improved the standards their pupils attain in reading, writing and mathematics.
Overall, in the government’s measure of the proportion of children achieving Age-Related Expectations (ARE) or above in reading, writing and maths combined, the Island improved by five per cent to 59 per cent, whereas the national average remained at 65 per cent.
Figures also show the Island improved at a faster rate than the national average across all three subject areas — including a fantastic eight per cent improvement in maths.
In reading, 71% of children achieved ARE or above — an increase of 2% on last year. Nationally, the average fell from 76% to 74%.
In writing, 74% of pupils reached the ARE benchmark — a rise of 1% — compared to the national average which remained static at 79%.
In mathematics, 74% of children achieved ARE or above — an 8% improvement — compared to the national figure which rose by 3%, to 79%.
Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said:
“The large improvement in the achievement of our primary-aged children on the Isle of Wight is very encouraging.
“The rise in standards achieved in mathematics is especially welcome as this has been a priority for our school improvement services. This is the result of a strong and focused partnership with school leaders and teachers.
“These results are another important step forward and further evidence that the Island’s education system is improving. We are not complacent and fully appreciate these gains need to be built upon next year.
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“I congratulate the children, teachers, headteachers and all school staff for their hard work in bringing about these excellent improvements.”
Individual school results can be found here.