Yorkshire has highest number of primary schools below floor targets

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THERE are more than 100 primary schools in Yorkshire beneath Government floor targets, league tables have revealed

The region has the highest proportion of schools in the country which do not make the grade for pupils mastering the three Rs.

In Doncaster and Wakefield 14 per cent of schools were below the floor. This was the second worst figure of any autority area in the country.

Bradford was also singled out by the Department for Education as around a quarter of the city’s pupils didn’t reach the expected standards in reading, writing and maths. However there was better news for schools in Hull as the city’s best ever results meant it climbed 64 places up a league table of education authority areas.

Coun Rosie Nicola, the city council’s portfolio holder for schools paid tribute to schools and their staff and pupils and their families for the success.

DfE tables show 107 Yorkshire primary schools failed to hit the floor targets -seven per cent. This was higher than any other region of England but down on last year when 122 schools did not meet the targets. Schools are classed as being below the floor if less than 65 per cent of 11-year-olds do not reach the expected level in maths and reading tests and writing assessments and fail to keep up with the national average levels of progress being made in the subjects.

Council bosses have set out their plans to raise standards as league tables showed schools in their areas had the some of the country’s lowest levels of 11-year-olds grasping reading, writing and maths.

Doncaster and Bradford were among the worst 12 performing areas in England - based on the number of pupils who achieve the standard expected of 11-year-olds in the three Rs.

In Doncaster it was 74 per cent and in Bradford it was 76 - although this was up from 73 per cent last year.

Damian Allen, Doncaster Council’s director of learning, opportunities and skills, said: “In response we have undertaken urgent action with our primary schools to improve teaching and learning in the essential areas of literacy and numeracy. All schools are working very well with the initiatives, including academies.” He said attainment for five and seven-year-olds had shown signs of improvement “which bodes well for the future.” John Wilson, corporate director children and young people at Wakefield Council said the city’s performance had improved at a faster rate than the national average. He added that tables showed there were a significant number of schools and academies performing very well. He added: “However, there are also a number of schools and academies where the performance is a cause for concern and we are working closely with these.”

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, said she was pleased the city’s results were improving faster than the national average. She added: “However we all know that there is still more to do. The whole of the district is on board with the Bradford Education Covenant which commits every section of the community to play their part in accelerating progress.”

How Yorkshire schools fared for 11-year-olds pupils reaching the expected level in reading, writing and maths

East Riding 82%

Calderdale, Hull, York 81%

National figure 80%

Barnsley, North Lincs, North Yorks, Rotherham 79%

Kirklees, Leeds, Sheffield 78%

NE Lincs, Wakefield 77%

Bradford 76%

Doncaster 74%