Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Failure Not an Option as North's Schools Hit Their Targets

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Failure Not an Option as North's Schools Hit Their Targets

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

THE North East has the lowest percentage of schools failing to meet government standards outside of London, official figures show.

Results from the 2017 Key Stage 2 exam show the region had the second lowest proportion of schools that fell below the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

In total 14 North East schools failed the 'floor standard' set down by the government in its assessment of this year's Sats - just less than 2%.

Of these, three were in County Durham, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside had one each, while Northumberland had five.

Sunderland and Gateshead were two of 47 local authorities - representing almost a third of those in England - which had no under-performing primary schools.

Schools are considered to be underperforming if fewer than 65% of pupils taking the national curriculum tests reach the standard or fail to make sufficient progress in the three key areas. Across England, 61% of 11-year-olds who sat this year's Sats - or national curriculum tests - met government targets in all three areas compared with 53% last year, according to the Department for Education (DFE).

A breakdown of the figures also shows wide variation in performance across the country.

While just 1% of schools in London fell below the floor standard, in the South West and the Midlands that figure rose to 5%.

While the number of schools considered to be under-performing has dropped, almost 140,000 children are being taught at mainstream primaries in England which are falling below the government's floor standard.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said the results showed teachers and pupils have "responded well to the new more rigorous curriculum". …

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