YORKSHIRE has some of the worst performing areas in the country for pupils failing to grasp the three Rs in primary school, according to new league tables.
The Department for Education singled out schools in both Doncaster and Bradford as being among the lowest performing authority areas in England.
This is based on the number of 11-year-olds who reach the expected level in reading and maths tests and writing assessments earlier this year.
This morning the DfE has published league tables showing how every primary school in England performed in the key stage two standard assessment tests.
The Government said that 90,000 more pupils are leaving primary school with a good grounding in reading, writing and maths nationally - compared to 2010.
However the picture is less positive overall for Yorkshire.
Nationally 80 per cent of pupils achieved level four - the standard expected of the age group in all of reading, writing and maths.
In Yorkshire 11 out of 15 education authority areas saw fewer pupils achieve this than the national average. And no area of Yorkshire was ranked among the top 40 in a table of 150 education authority areas of England.
The East Riding remains the region’s best performing area with 82 per cent of pupils making the grade. But the day’s other success story is Hull - a city which has traditionally languished at the bottom end of school performance tables.
Today’s figures show it is ranked joint second in the Yorkshire and Humber region with 81 per cent of pupils making the grade - up six percentage points on the 2014 tables when it was ranked joint tenth out of the region’s 15 authorities.
As the Yorkshire Post reported earlier this year Schools Minister Nick Gibb has already written to councils in the region’s four worst performing areas: Doncaster, Bradford, Wakefield and North East Lincolnshire to ask them to develop school improvement plans. Councils have submitted detailed plans as a result.
This year’s figures show that 74 per cent of 11-year-old pupils achieved the expected standard in the reading, writing and maths in Doncaster. This was the joint fourth worst performance in the country.
Bradford was also in the bottom ten nationally with 76 per cent of pupils achieving the benchmark. In Wakefield and North East Lincolnshire the figure was 77 per cent.
Last week Ofsted warned that Yorkshire had fewer good primary schools than anywhere else in the country.
Nationally today’s 2015 performance tables show the number of schools below the floor standard – the minimum standards for pupil achievement and progress the Government expects schools to meet – has fallen by nearly 100 since last year – with 676 failing to meet the expected levels compared to 768 in 2014, when the floor standard was increased.
A school is ranked below the floor target if it has less than 65 per cent of pupils reaching the expected levels in reading, writing and maths and is failing to keep up with the national average leve of progress being made in all three subjects by pupils between the ages of seven and 11.
The DfE also said today that the new figures show that the difference in performance between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has continued to fall with more pupils from all backgrounds now starting secondary school ready to succeed.
Mr Gibb said: “As part of this Government’s commitment to extending opportunity for all, it is essential that every child leaves primary school having mastered the basics in reading, writing and maths – thanks to our education reforms thousands more pupils each year are reaching those standards.
“The increased performance at primary level across the country demonstrates how this government is delivering on its commitment to provide educational excellence everywhere and ensure every child benefits from the best possible start in life, no matter where they come from.”
More to follow.
LEAGUE TABLES IN FULL
THE government has published performance tables for every primary school. Click the links to view tables for each local authority, from the Department for Education