SECONDARY SCHOOLS 'FAILING NEW PUPILS' 1 in 3 Does Not Make the Grade

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Byline: By Magnus Gardham

ONE in three Scots pupils fails basic reading and maths when they move to secondary school.

Ministers admitted the problem yesterday after Executive figures showed that a third of second-year pupils were below minimum standards.

Only one in four rated "very good" for reading. And just one in five rated "very good" for numeracy.

The poor performance at the start of secondary school was in contrast to good results for primary pupils.

Education minister Peter Peacock said: "We are recruiting more teachers to reduce class sizes in English and Maths to 20 in S1 and S2 and give 1 in 3 does not make the grade stronger support for learning at this crucial stage of transition for pupils.

"And we are making significant changes to the curriculum in S1-S3 in particular."

SNP education spokeswoman Fiona Hyslop said the Executive would miss their target for cutting secondary class sizes for English and Maths to 20 by next year.

She added: "It is extremely worrying that around a third of S2 pupils are not achieving expected levels in literacy and numeracy. …