Children in Norfolk are lagging behind the rest of the country in reading, writing and maths, but their results have improved on last year, according to figures released today.

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The Key Stage Two results, taken when children finish primary school, showed 75pc of pupils in the county reached level four, the standard expected of them, in English and maths, compared to 80pc nationally.

Norfolk’s figure was up 7pc on 2011 and up 8pc on two years ago.

Suffolk’s pupils performed at a similar level to Norfolk’s with 74pc reaching level four – up 5pc on last year.

South West Norfolk MP and minister for education and childcare Elizabeth Truss said: “I congratulate pupils, teachers and families on their hard work and achievements.

“The government is committed to driving up standards by giving teachers more freedom, strengthening discipline and improving teacher quality.”

Levels of progress in Norfolk also improved, with 83pc of pupils making the expected level of progress – up from 78pc last year.

Nationally, the proportion of 11-year-olds reaching the standard expected of them in reading and maths also increased.

The percentage of pupils achieving the expected grade or above in the reading tests increased from 84pc last year to 87pc this year, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

For maths, the proportion reaching the required level rose from 80pc to 84pc.

In the reading tests, girls have historically performed better than boys, and this year 90pc of girls and 84pc of boys achieved level four or above.

But boys’ improvement was greater, up 3pc over the previous year compared to an increase of 2pc for girls.

In maths, there were similar levels of achievement for both boys and girls.

This year schools were no longer required to give a writing test and submit it for external marking.

As a result, measures based on teacher assessments were introduced for the first time.

Pupils are expected to make two levels of progress between Key Stage One and this stage, Key Stage Two.

The proportion of pupils in state-funded schools making the expected progress was 89pc in English, and 87pc in maths, up from 83pc last year.

tom.bristow@archant.co.uk

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