Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Girls Are Leading the Way in Writing Tests for Pupils

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Girls Are Leading the Way in Writing Tests for Pupils

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Byline: Sarah Dale Reporter sarah.dale@eveninggazette.co.uk

GIRLS on Teesside have performed much better in new primary school punctuation, grammar and spelling tests, figures show.

Around one in four pupils in our region failed to achieve the target level in new school punctuation spelling and grammar tests.

But the provisional results from the Department for Education also show big differences in the performances of girls and boys.

Primary school pupils aged 10 and 11 were the first this year to sit the new tests as part of their Key Stage 2 exams.

Data has now been released showing the numbers of children reaching the expected Level 4. In Middlesbrough, 71% of pupils achieved a Level 4 while in Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton 75% and 76% gained the level required, compared with the national average of 74%.

However a breakdown of the figures show that in Redcar and Cleveland, 81% of girls gained a Level 4 compared with just 70% of boys. And in Stockton the same proportion of girls reached the target, while 72% of boys achieved it.

In Middlesbrough, three schools - Easterside, Lingfield and St Edward's - all attained 100% of Level 4 and above.

In terms of progress across KS2, Middlesbrough pupils outstripped their national peers in writing and mathematics with over 90% of pupils making expected or better progress. In the newly introduced spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) tests the news is mixed.

Boys are in line with their national peers whilst girls fall behind.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Executive member for children's services in Middlesbrough, said: "We will continue to work hard at further raising standards in literacy and the extensive work in schools and with the National Literacy Trust is a sign of our commitment to supporting this across Middlesbrough."

Redcar and Cleveland is one of the top local authorities in the country for the biggest improvements in the proportion of pupils reaching a good level in all of reading, writing and mathematics at KS2 between 2012 and 2013. …

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