Norfolk and Suffolk primary school SATs results jump - but still hover below the national average
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Exam scores for primary pupils in Norfolk and Suffolk have jumped - though still hover below the national average.
In the provisional results from the key stage two SATs taken by 10 and 11-year-olds in May, 56pc of Norfolk pupils reached the government's expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 50pc last year.
In Suffolk, it was a similar picture, with 57pc making the grade in all three subjects - the main measure - an 8pc jump on last year's 49pc.
Though the figures mark an improvement, they are still below the national level of 61pc for the so-called three Rs, which is in itself an improvement on the 53pc achieved last year.
More than half a million 10 and 11-year-olds, at the end of year six, took the tests in reading, maths, writing and grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) in spring.
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It marked the second year of controversial new SATs, which have seen results fall below those under the old curriculum. In 2015, for example, 80pc of pupils achieved the expected standard.
In Norfolk, the level of pupils reaching the expected standard rose in reading - from 64pc last year to 68pc - maths - from 62pc to 69pc - and GPS - from 66pc to 69pc.
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But the number in writing fell this year, down from 77pc in 2016 to 74pc.
Penny Carpenter, chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee, said Norfolk's schools had been improving at one of the fastest rates nationally.
'Although results have been improving and are now close to the national average in almost every area, results at the end of primary school have been a particular challenge for many schools,' she said.
'Over the last year we have focused much of our support on working with primary schools to improve performance in maths... This has paid off, with significant improvement this year.'
She said English results were a weakness and would be a focus.
In Suffolk, figures rose across the board - by 6pc up to 69pc in reading, 3pc up to 74pc in writing, 5pc up to 72pc in GPS and 6pc up to 70pc in maths.
Sue Cook, director for children and young people at Suffolk County Council, said the council was delighted with the results.
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