SUFFOLK SCHOOLS START TO IMPROVE

Exciting news: there have been big improvements in results in the early years and Key Stage 1 results from Suffolk schools –  the number  of our three to seven year olds achieving expected levels of attainment has risen significantly.

Congratulations to the schools concerned – the teaching staff and governors, the children and a big thank you to the county’s education team. It is great to see Suffolk getting back towards the position where it always should have been.

New statistics released by the Department for Education indicate an improvement in early years and Key Stage 1 attainment and, therefore, an upward surge in Suffolk’s position in national league tables

Suffolk has made a staggering improvement of 10% in their Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). This means there are 10% more children in Suffolk achieving a good level of development (GLD) in 2014 (59%) than in 2013 (49%).

 The step up in progress has resulted in Suffolk moving up five places in the local authority early years league tables to 85.

Part of the increase is due to boys’ literacy achievement in Suffolk, which has moved up 13 places in Local Authority rankings to 79. Boys’ literacy in Suffolk is now higher than national.

 The figures for Key Stage 1 show:

  •  Reading is up 17 places, from 78% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 81% this year.

  • Writing is up 14 places, from 68% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 71% this year.

  • Maths is up 3 places, from 78% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 80% this year.

  • By the end of Year 2 the percentage of pupils who have met the phonics standard is up from 84% in 2013 to 89% this year. This moves the LA ranking by 41 places.