Primary schools still falling behind national average

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Primary schools in Suffolk are still lagging behind the national average despite improving year on year, according to the latest performance figures.

In the Key Stage Two 2012 results published by the Department for Education, Suffolk scored 74 per cent for pupils achieving level four or above in both English and Maths.

This compares with 79 per cent nationally and 75 per cent in Norfolk.

Suffolk emerged 146th out of 150 local authorities.

Last year, the county stood at 69 per cent compared to the 74 per cent national average.

Education bosses admitted there is still ‘more to be done’.

Cllr Graham Newman, cabinet member for education at Suffolk County Council, said: “These results show exactly why the county council is embarking upon the Raising the Bar programme and remains committed to completing the School Organisation Review.

“We have seen significant improvements in Key Stage Two results, particularly from those schools involved in the reorganisation.

“However despite our improvements, we remain behind the national trend, and there is still more that needs to be done if the county as a whole is to climb the league tables. I’m absolutely committed to seeing Suffolk’s results rise above the national average and - with headteachers, teachers, governors and parents - I’m certain that we have the right strategies.”