Improved Performance Sees Reading Rise up Education League

READING’S pupils showed a remarkable improvement in their 2016 Key Stage 2 results as the borough rocketed 80 places in the national league table.

The testing system for 10-year-olds was revised last year but the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths was 55.7 per cent compared with a national average of 53 per cent.

This put Reading in 50th place out of 152 English local authorities in Key Stage 2 results – up from 103rd in 2015 and 130th in 2014.

The figures are contained in a Council report giving an overview of the performance of Reading’s pupils and schools in 2016.

Statistics also show an improvement in the number of Reading children who are ‘ready for school’ at the end of their reception year (year R). Seventy-one per cent of children were ‘school ready’ in 2016 compared with 67 per cent in 2015, ranking Reading 2nd out of its 11 statistical neighbours and up 18 places to 66th in the national table.

Pupil performance at Key Stage 1 also went up three places to 77th in the national table and this should continue to improve given the 2015 and 2016 results at Early Years Foundation Stage.

The percentage of pupils attaining five A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths also improved in 2016, rising from 57.5 per cent to 59.3 per cent and boosting the borough 20 places in the national league table to 52nd place.

Another way of analysing how many pupils are getting Grade C or above in academically focused GCSEs, called Baccalaureate, showed Reading children outperforming most other English local authorities and reaching 26th position nationally and second amongst its statistical neighbours.

Reading also has an outstanding record at A-Level where it maintained its number one position nationally. The percentage of students achieving three very good A-Levels was also extremely high at 43.5 per cent, putting the borough first nationally. However, student movement between local authority areas is high amongst this group.

Cllr Tony Jones, Lead Member for Education, said:

Pupils in Reading attained some great results in 2016 and this is a testament to their hard work and to the dedication of our teachers.

“Statistics are important as a guide to show how we are performing but we must not forget that each figure relates to an individual pupil and their achievements. Our aim as a local authority is to give every child the opportunity to thrive in education and fulfil their ambitions.

“I wish Reading pupils all the best for their exams this summer.”

The report being discussed at the Council’s Adult, Children’s and Education Committee on 12th July also looks at gaps in attainment, pupil progress and Ofsted results.

The full report ‘Quality and Standards in Reading Schools’ can be found at:–Education-Committee-12-JULY-2017

David Millward

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