Primary school league tables are one way of looking at how well a school is doing.
More than 1,000 primary schools are failing to reach official targets for teaching children the basics of English and maths, according to figures published on Thursday.
League tables show 1,310 primary schools in England fall below the expected standards, while about 150 schools have been below the “floor standard” for five consecutive years.
Today’s tables are of 10- and 11-year-olds’ scores in English and maths tests, known as Sats. The tests are normally taken by pupils at more than 16,000 state schools.
This data, with its flaws, shows that although more than 1,000 schools are failing to reacch official targets, there is also a rise in the percentage of children reaching expected levels in English and Maths.
Derby, Torbay and Plymouth are the local authorities with the highest proportion of struggling schools. At 24% Derby records the highest struggle.
What are the key figures in today’s publication? According to the Dfe:
• The most improved school was Greenfield primary school in Bristol, up from 30% of children achieving Level 4 in English and Maths in 2008 to 95% in 2011
• One in 10 boys leave primary school with the reading age of a seven-year-old
• The DfE estimates about 150 primarys schools have been at below the “floor standard” for five years in a row
• 74% of children achieve the expected level in both English and Maths, up one percentage point from 2010
• 58% of children on free school meals or in care achieved the expected level in English and Maths by the end of the primary school compared to 78% of their peers
The DFE has also published spending data for each school, which we’ve added in to the interactive map above. The full data is below. What can you do with it?
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