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County’s pupils celebrate improving key stage results

Primary school pupils studyingHerefordshire’s primary school pupils have much to celebrate this summer, after the provisional 2015/16 key stage test results were published, indicating that our children are outperforming their peers nationally.

The test results are encouraging across the board, including early years foundation stage and phonics, but are particularly positive for key stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics, which have exceeded the national average for the first time in four years.

 

National results

Herefordshire results

Early years foundation stage

69.2%

71.7%

 

 

 

Phonics

80.7%                         

81.4%

 

 

 

KS1 reading

74.1%

75.4%

KS1 writing

65.5% 

67.8%

KS1 mathematics

72.6% 

74.5%

 

 

 

KS2 reading

66%    

67.6%

KS2 writing   

74.1% 

73.7%

KS2 mathematics

70%    

67.1%

The overall results for key stage 2 were slightly below the national average, following the change to a tougher testing regime. Nevertheless, Herefordshire’s pupils continue to excel in reading and recorded significantly higher than average results.

Councillor Jonathan Lester, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “I am delighted with the provisional key stage test results and the fantastic success our children, parents, early years providers and primary schools have achieved in a relatively short time, especially during a period of significant national change in education.

“As a council, we aim to ensure every child has the best start in life and I’m confident our children will go on to even better successes, supported and challenged by the vibrant education community we are developing in Herefordshire.

“We will continue working closely with the county’s early years providers and schools to ensure our children and young people are inspired to learn and develop their knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil their maximum potential now and in the future.”

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