Norfolk narrowing the gap at Key Stage 2

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Norfolk has narrowed the gap nationally at Key Stage 2, with combined results in reading, writing and maths improving in the last year, despite remaining the same nationally.

In Norfolk, the proportion achieving Level 4 in all three subjects increased by two percentage points, from 69% to 71%.

Nationally, results stayed the same with 75% achieving the measure.

Norfolk remains four percentage points behind the national average in this measure but the improvement this year means that the gap has narrowed by two percentage points.

Eleven-year-olds are now tested in reading and maths and teacher assessed in writing. Last year reading tests and writing teacher assessments were combined to form an English result. This year there is no combined overall English test level. However, last year’s writing and reading results can be separated out for the purposes of comparison.

Mick Castle, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is very encouraging news for Norfolk’s children and schools as it shows attainment at the end of the primary phase is improving faster than the national average.

“Our ambition is to close the gap nationally and to then move above the national average and this shows we are going in the right direction.

“We have some outstanding leaders and teachers in Norfolk and our strategy is to ensure that they are working much more closely with schools that need to improve so that every child can attend a good school and can achieve their potential.

“We will continue in earnest with our strategy because we can see that it is beginning to pay off. We are working closely with schools that need to improve via our Norfolk to Good and Great programme and are already seeing the benefits when these schools have been inspected. Where we are dissatisfied about the progress being made, we are intervening much more quickly and strongly to ensure there is improvement.

“Raising standards in Norfolk’s schools is a collective effort and we know that Norfolk’s headteachers and leaders are behind us. Schools also need the support of parents and the wider community – we are all responsible for raising Norfolk’s children and ensuring that they have the education they need and deserve.”

Three Norfolk schools scored 100% in all of the Key Stage 2 measures. These were Colkirk, Spooner Row and Saxlingham Nethergate.