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Norfolk’s seven-year-olds improve reading results

Western day at Howard Junior School Gaywood, 'Stevie-Leigh Stevenson 7 ANL-140925-062825009
Western day at Howard Junior School Gaywood, 'Stevie-Leigh Stevenson 7 ANL-140925-062825009

Norfolk’s seven-year-olds have posted record results in reading – with the county moving ahead of the national average for the first time.

Key Stage 1 results, published this week, show that 91% of pupils achieved the expected level two or above in reading – up from 89 per cent in 2014 and above the national average of 90 per cent.

In writing and maths, Norfolk was in line with the national average with 88 per cent achieving at least level two in writing and 93 per cent in maths.

Reading performance for younger children also showed improvement, with Norfolk narrowing the gap on the national average.

Seventy-three per cent of six-year-olds passed the phonics check, a four percentage point improvement on last year’s 69 per cent. Nationally, 77 per cent passed the check, up from 74 per cent last year.

The results follow significant improvements in the achievements of the county’s five-year-olds this summer, with a record proportion of children (65 per cent) achieving “a good level of development” at the end of the reception year, a seven per cent improvement.

James Joyce, chairman of the children’s services committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “Whilst it is encouraging to go ahead of the national average on this measure and to be in line with the national average for writing and maths for seven-year-olds, there is still much to do if we are to collectively ensure that all of Norfolk’s children are reaching their potential.

“We want Norfolk to not simply reach but exceed the national average across every key stage and this is an aspiration shared by the council, headteachers and governors across the county.”

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