Schools see major results boost
EDUCATION bosses have hailed the latest primary school exam results as an indication that a switch to two-tier education is improving pupil performance.
Schools such as those in Haverhill and Lowestoft, which started the transition in 2007, achieved a 12 per cent increase in writing and a six per cent jump in maths at key stage two in their SATs – double the rate of improvement in the rest of Suffolk.
However, gains were made by schools across the county including in Bury St Edmunds, which still operates a three-tier model.
In Bury, the percentage of children achieving the expected level four and above grade increased in writing by 0.6 to 80.2 and in maths by 3.4 to 81. In Forest Heath, writing rose by 1.2 per cent to 68.6 but maths dropped by 4.8 to 73.4. Meanwhile, in Stowmarket writing dipped by 1.5 to 75.6 but maths rocketed by 9.1 to 83.2.
Graham Newman, cabinet member for education at Suffolk County Council, said: “There isn’t a part of Suffolk which doesn’t have some positive news to take away.”
Highlighting Haverhill and Lowestoft’s results, he said: “This provides the clearest evidence yet of the need to complete the reorganisation programme throughout the county.”
However, Graham White, secretary of the Suffolk branch of the NUT, said the results were more down to the ‘hard work of teachers and pupils’ rather than the move to two-tier, noting improvements in three-tier Bury.
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