Primary school league tables: Doncaster pupils fail to make the grade

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More than a quarter of pupils in Doncaster are failing to reach the expected standards in the three Rs, according to latest league tables.

Tables published yesterday revealed that Doncaster is in the bottom ten nationally out of 150 education authorities for the proportion of pupils making the grade in reading and maths tests and teacher assessments of their writing.

Schools are now expected to ensure 65 per cent of 11-year-old’s achieve Level 4 or above in reading, writing, and maths – or satisfy separate pupil progress requirements.

Doncaster was ranked joint seventh from the bottom along with Wakefield with 26 per cent of pupils failing to make the grade.

In Doncaster one in ten primaries were below the floor.

Jo Moxon, Assistant Director of Children and Young Peoples Services at Doncaster Council said: “We know that improvements are needed in Doncaster’s Key Stage 2 results, and local schools are working hard to achieve this. Just one of the measures introduced to improve standards and increase attainment is the creation of the Teaching Schools Alliance, which now sees the majority of our Primary schools working together to improve standards.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are starting to see improvements and are confident that the range of measures that have been introduced will lead to better results in the future.”

The news comes just days after Doncaster was ranked second from the bottom in the country in Ofsted’s national league table.
The Ofsted report also said the borough had the lowest number of “good” or “outstanding” primary schools in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber region.

Overall, 768 schools failed to meet the floor standard this year, compared with 767 last year, the Department for Education said.

However, thr overall results are up with 79 per cent of all pupils in England’s schools achieving Level 4 in the “three Rs” nationally - up from 75 per cent last year.

Schools that fail to meet the benchmark - which is based on national curriculum test results at age 11 and pupil progress throughout primary school - are considered under-performing and at risk of being turned into an academy, or taken over by a different sponsor or trust if they already have academy status.