Hard work in Kent’s junior schools is paying off as results in their Key Stage 2 Standard Attainment Tests are showing significant improvements.
Figures released by the Department for Education on Thursday show that the percentage of pupils reaching the appropriate levels in every category – reading, writing, English, spelling, punctuation, maths and science – at Level 4 and above had gone up in the last year.
In the key category of a combined figure for reading, writing and maths, the Kent figure had improved from 74 to 79%, now matching the national average.
Kent has been closing the gap over the past few years and the 5% improvement this year was higher than the national increase.
The biggest advance was at Level 5 reading, where the figure had gone up by 6% to 51% – just above the national average.
In comparison with the national figures, Kent schools were above average in nine of the 17 categories, level in five and below in just three.
However, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education, Roger Gough, said there was no room for complacency.
“These are extremely good figures, especially as Key Stage 2 is an area where, historically, we have been relatively weak.
“There are clear signs that we are moving in the right direction, thanks to the hard work of heads, teachers and the children themselves. KCC’s School Improvement Team gives support where necessary.
“However, five per cent of our schools are still below the floor standard, which is triggered when fewer than 65% of students in a school reach Level 4 for the combined category and fewer pupils make expected levels of progress than the national average.
“But even this compares favourably with the six per cent figure nationally and represents a significant reduction from last year.
“So we accept that there are still schools where further improvements are needed and we are working hard to ensure that this happens, because leaving junior school with good levels gives pupils a great platform for the challenges they will face at secondary school.”