THE number of Sheffield primary pupils achieving expected standards in the three Rs at the start of their education has improved slightly, new statistics show.
Percentages among seven-year-old children achieving level two or above in reading, writing and maths have all improved - although they are still below the national average.
The newly-released Department of Education Key Stage 1 figures also show that the number of youngsters reaching the milestone in science has remained the same as last year, although in speaking and listening it fell by one percentage point.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield Council, said: “We have seen a further improvement this year, which is really encouraging.
“Our children are achieving more and this provides a solid foundation to build on.
“I am aware a lot of hard work has been invested to achieve these results. I would like to thank all the teaching staff, parents and, of course, the pupils who have contributed towards this success.”
The statistics show that in reading, the percentage of all youngsters passing at level two has risen from 82 per cent last year to 83 per cent this year.
Boys showed a jump in this area, with an 80 per cent rather than 78 per cent pass rate, narrowing the gender gap.
Girls’ reading pass rates remained the same at 86 per cent.
Writing pass rates for all youngsters jumped from 78 per cent to 80 per cent and maths from 87 per cent to 88 per cent.
Again boys’ pass rates jumped two percentage points, a slightly better rise than the girls’ jump of one percentage point.
Maths also saw a general increase of one percentage point to 88.
However, in speaking and listening the general marker fell from 82 per cent to 81 per cent and it remained steady at 83 per cent for science.
This year, a phonics reading check for six-year-olds also showed that nationally, 58 per cent of children were at the expected standard.
In Sheffield, 55 per cent of youngsters could break down and blend words using an internationally-proven method of driving up reading standards.
Thousands of pupils across the country will also now receive additional reading support from their schools after they were identified as needing extra support.
Derbyshire Council chiefs spoke out in praise of its primary schools after they achieved ‘above average’ results in reading, writing, maths and science at level two, as well as outperforming national results at higher levels.
Coun Mike Longden, cabinet member for education, said: “The results demonstrate Derbyshire’s pupils are being given a well-rounded, high quality education.
“Pupils, teachers, parents and governors all deserve praise for their part in achieving these results.
“The authority continues to work hard and plan ahead to make sure our pupils continue to have the best learning opportunities.”
Key Stage 1 results are provisional at this stage and the final statistics will be subject to appeals by individual schools.