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Friday, December 13, 2013
The government has said the 25 Norfolk primary schools which fell below its new tougher floor standard for primaries could be turned into academies.
They were among 767 schools across England where fewer than 60pc of pupils gained at least level four – the standard expected of pupils in their final year of primary school – in reading and writing as separate subjects, as well as maths.
Norfolk Council County highlighted data which showed the county has narrowed the gap between it and the national average in the primary school league tables, published yesterday.
Mick Castle, the council’s cabinet member for schools, 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.”
Three Norfolk schools scored 100pc in all of the key stage two measures: Colkirk, Spooner Row and Saxlingham Nethergate.
A Department for Education spokesman said: “Schools with a long history of under-performance, and who are not stepping up to the mark, will be taken over by an academy sponsor.
“The expertise and strong leadership provided by sponsors is the best way to turn around weak schools and give pupils there the best chance of a first-class education.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, said the national picture showed “considerable achievement”.
She added: “The efforts of teachers and pupils are often overshadowed by the obsession with performance league tables which do nothing to raise standards. It is high time that our high-stakes, punitive accountability regime was reformed.”
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