Primary school league tables: Norfolk and Suffolk improve, but remain near the bottom of the national table
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Norfolk and Suffolk remain among the worst performing parts of England for end-of-primary-school test results, despite more children meeting the government's target.
Updated figures from this summer's Key Stage 2 tests, published this morning, showed 76pc of Norfolk children leaving primary school reached the expected Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing, compared to a national average of 80pc.
That represented a 2 percentage point rise for the county, compared to 2014, but left it in joint-142nd place out of the 152 local authorities in England.
The Department for Education named and shamed Norfolk as one of the bottom 10 local authorities, and education minister Nick Gibb reiterated that he would meet with the council by the end of the year to discuss its results.
James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee, welcomed the improvement in results for 11-year-olds, but acknowledged that 'despite moving in the right direction, schools have not yet made the significant in-roads that were needed at Key Stage 2.'
He said: 'For this reason, working closely with the primary heads' association, we have made Key Stage 2 a key focus for this academic year. We have requested clear targets from all junior and primary schools and academies and are collecting data from them termly so that we can track progress.
'We have also carried out thorough analysis to see which schools are under performing in this area so that we can hold them to account more fully.'
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In Suffolk, 77pc of children reached the government's target, compared to 74pc last year, putting it in joint-134th place.
Suffolk County Council highlighted the fact the county was continuing to close the gap with the national average.
Gordon Jones, cabinet member for Children's Services, Education and Skills said: 'These results provide further proof that education standards in Suffolk are continually improving as a result of our Raising the Bar programme and, most importantly, the efforts of teaching staff, students and parents.'
Cambridgeshire fared better, but its 78pc figure, up from 76pc last year, still left it in the bottom third in England, and it had the equal-fourth highest gap between the performance of disadvantaged children and their peers.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council welcomed progress, but added 'There is a long way to go and we are especially concerned about the relatively poor outcomes for our most disadvantaged pupils. The council is doing all it can to play its part in improving this situation.
'We are supporting maintained primary schools with their use of pupil premium so that disadvantaged children get maximum benefit from this important extra resource, and we are helping schools to recruit high quality teachers and school leaders.'
The league tables showed a mixed picture for individual primary schools.
There was good news for the 14 schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk where 100pc of pupils achieved the government's target.
However, 48 schools in Norfolk fell below the government's floor standard of at least 65pc of pupils gaining Level 4 in maths, reading and writing. In Suffolk, 27 schools were below the floor; in Cambridgeshire, the number was 19.
• Primary school league tables map
The map is colour-coded based on the percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading and maths test and writing
Click on a school for more details, including: - Percentage of pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in maths - Percentage of pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in reading - Percentage of pupils making at least 2 levels of progress in writing - Overall value added measure
No data was supplied for the following schools:
Beeston Primary School, Blakeney Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Brockdish Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Burston Community Primary School, Carleton Rode Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Castle Acre CofE VC Primary School, Catfield Voluntary Controlled CofE Primary School, Colkirk Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Gillingham St Michael's Church of England Primary School, Great Massingham CofE Primary School, Hapton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Hindringham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Marsham Primary School, Mileham Primary School, Neatishead Church of England Primary School, Northrepps Primary School, St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Sedgeford Primary School, Shelton with Hardwick Community School, Ten Mile Bank Primary School, Tilney All Saints Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Woodton Primary School, Wormegay Church of England Primary School