Poole “worst performing council” in country for school children’s writing – and close to bottom in reading and maths (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole “worst performing council” in country for school children’s writing – and close to bottom in reading and maths
POOLE is the worst performing local authority in the country as far as progress in writing among middle school children is concerned.
And according to provisional figures released by the Department for Education it languishes close to the bottom of the league in reading and maths charts, logging progress between Key Stage 1 and 2.
“It’s appalling. It’s a disgrace. This is our young people.
“For 10 years at least they have been let down, but never let down so badly as now,” said Cllr Mike Brooke, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Borough of Poole.
“This is what you get from the Conservatives. Parents need to know this authority and this administration has done no favours for their children,” he said.
Provisional results show Poole was joint lowest in reading with 85 per cent making two levels of progress in 2012 and 84 per cent in 2013.
In writing 78 per cent made two levels of progress in 2012 and 79 per cent in 2013. In maths the figures were 83 per cent and 81 per cent.
Vicky Wales, head of children, young people and learning, Borough of Poole said: “These results are as yet still not validated but of course we are very disappointed with the information we have regarding the overall results across Poole schools.
“Borough of Poole is a small authority and this can made a real difference in numbers so that if one or two of our schools do not do as well as they had predicted it has a huge impact on our overall results.
“In Poole, 89 per cent of primary phase schools are judged to be good or better by Ofsted.
“The local authority will continue to work very closely with all our schools and governing bodies to ensure that we make improvements in our overall achievement as judged by the National Key Stage 2 tests in 2014.”
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