Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Primaries Give Hope for the Future

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Primaries Give Hope for the Future

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ONE reason to be hopeful about the future of London is that our children are doing really well at school. London has outperformed the rest of the country at the age of 11; 99 per cent of our primary schools fulfilled or exceeded government targets in reading, writing and arithmetic. London has the lowest proportion of under-performing schools in the country 15 primaries while 20 boroughs had no schools at all that failed to reach the target. The City of London, with just one primary, and Kensington and Chelsea did particularly well but there were excellent results across the capital. Pupils from Chinese backgrounds where parents set especial store by education did particularly well; children from other backgrounds did rather less well.

A close reading of the figures suggests where we may need to concentrate our efforts in future. It is good news that girls did so well: better than boys in reading, writing and mathematics combined by a gap of eight points. …

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