Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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David Miliband, Schools Standards Minister and South Tyneside MP, welcomed the latest Sats results.

He said: "Parents and pupils in Newcastle can be proud today of their primary schools. Newcastle is in the premier league of school improvers.

"Today's 11-year-old test results show that over the last year Newcastle primaries are among the fastest-improving in the country. They are up three points in maths and five points in English. It's a great achievement and I congratulate every teacher and assistant on working so hard for their children.

"It's not just in Newcastle; in primary schools across the country standards have gone up again. We managed to hold our previous gains in the last three years. Now schools have built on already high levels of success.

"This means that more children than ever will start secondary school able to read, write and count well.

"It's easy to forget where we were in 1997. Across the country, standards in primary schools hadn't gone up for 40 years. …

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