Record high for five-year-olds

Norfolk has the joint-highest rate of primary school children being permanently excluded in England.

Norfolk has the joint-highest rate of primary school children being permanently excluded in England. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A record number of five-year-olds in Norfolk have achieved a 'good level of development' this year.

In the last two years, the number of children achieving expected levels in the county has risen, from 45pc in 2013 to 65pc this year.

The improvement brings Norfolk closer to the national average than ever before, with early indications suggesting that 66pc of children have achieved the level nationally.

A 'good level of development,' is measured through the teacher's assessment of a child, and looks at whether they are achieving expected levels in personal and social development, as well their basic English and maths skills.

James Joyce, chairman of the children's services committee at Norfolk County Council, said: 'This continued improvement in Norfolk's primary schools highlights the continued focus across the county on delivering the best education for Norfolk's children.

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'We know that levels of achievement at the age of five are a good indication of how children will go on to perform at GCSE, and it is tremendous to see more children than ever are getting off to a really good start with their learning.'

Norfolk's two-year improvement follows a relentless focus on improving education across the county, following the launch of the strategy A Good School for Every Norfolk Learner, in 2013.

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That strategy has included greater intervention in schools that are causing concern, as well as bespoke support for schools that need to improve.

The news comes as statistics released by the Department of Education show that the number of children in Norfolk in 'good' or 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated facilities has increased.

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