Pupils fall below national average

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ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD pupils in Suffolk and Norfolk are under-performing despite improvements in some subjects, according to statistics published this week.

Just 69 per cent of children in Suffolk achieved level four or above in English and maths in Key Stage Two tests compared to the national average of 74 per cent.

They have faired marginally better than Norfolk, which reached 68 per cent.

Meanwhile, in individual areas, Suffolk scored 78 per cent in English with Norfolk on 77 – missing the national figure of 81.

In other subjects, both counties mirrored their achievements with 81 per cent in reading, 69 in writing and 76 in maths - again falling short nationally.

Girls are doing better than boys in most subjects except in maths.

Boys in Suffolk enjoyed better results in writing this year with a five per cent increase.

Cllr Graham Newman, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services at Suffolk County Council, said overall the county had improved for the third consecutive year.

He added: “We still have a way to go if Suffolk young people are to do as well as those nationally and must continue to work hard to encourage young people to always achieve their very best and where there are barriers in the way we must remove them.”

Successes in Norfolk include a three per cent boost in English and a six point increase in writing.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: “We are particularly pleased that our early analysis suggests that primary schools that have struggled in the past have made significant improvements in both English and maths. We have put considerable support into these schools and believe a significant number will no longer be below the government’s ‘floor target’. This is brilliant news for the children moving up to secondary school.”