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2016 figures show Wiltshire primary pupils in great schools and doing well

2016 figures show Wiltshire primary pupils in great schools and doing well

Performance tables released today (15 December) by the Department for Education show children in Wiltshire have performed well in the three core subjects of reading, writing and maths. This summer, a new set of tests were introduced by the government as part of a wider push to raise standards around a more demanding curriculum. Pupils are no longer assessed against levels but instead have tests to show that they have reached the expected standard in reading and maths and teachers assess whether they have reached this standard in writing.  More than half of Wiltshire’s primary pupils reached the new expected standard in all the three subjects. These results are in line with national figures and higher than the south west average.  The 2016 performance figures have been published shortly after Ofsted’s annual report.  This report showed that Wiltshire’s primary schools continue to be highly rated. Nearly 33,000 children are in good and outstanding schools; representing 92 percent of primary aged children in the county. Richard Gamble, portfolio holder for schools, skills and youth said: “These figures show pupils continue to do well in Wiltshire. This summer was the first for the new range of tests and our schools have delivered good results. I’d like to congratulate all involved.” Carolyn Godfrey, corporate director, said: “These are good results which demonstrate the hard work of pupils, teachers and leaders preparing pupils for the next stage in education.   “However we are never complacent and we will always seek continuous improvement by working in partnership with schools to ensure that all pupils can achieve their potential so they are prepared for the challenges of a secondary school curriculum.”


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