18 DEC 2017

Dover and Deal primary schools are forging ahead

Primary schools in Dover and Deal are performing well above the national average as reading standards in England reached record levels. This month it was announced a study of nine and 10 year-olds in 50 countries put England in joint eighth place for reading, the country's highest ranking since the test was introduced in 2001.

It comes after the Government changed the national curriculum to require schools to use and test phonics in 2010. Primary schools in Dover and Deal are performing well above average. 61.6% of pupils in the area meet the expected standard of a scaled score of 100 or more in reading and maths tests, compared to 53% nationally.

It's excellent news that standards in our schools are rising – and that pupils in Dover and Deal are outperforming their peers across the country. It's crucial that our children get the skills they need to excel later in life. The hardworking teachers in Dover and Deal deserve huge credit for the improvements made so far. We must do everything we can to ensure youngsters in Dover and Deal get the best start in life.

More official statistics released last week show 9,643 children in Dover and Deal are now attending schools rated good or outstanding – an increase of 2,432 since 2010. Across the country, 89 per cent of schools were judged to be good or outstanding at their most recent inspection. That compares with 68 per cent in 2010. The proportion of pupils meeting the expected standard in phonics has risen from 58 per cent in 2012 to 81 per cent in 2017.


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