It’s great to see hard work pay off for schools

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It’s great to be able to bring you the good news of the best-ever performance of school pupils in their exams.

Youngsters across Portsmouth have surpassed a government target for their Sats.

This, in and of itself, is something to applaud.

As we report today, it’s down to joined up hard work across the board, from teachers to pupils and parents.

All play a vital part in making sure these targets are hit.

But what makes it even more satisfying is that just three years ago Portsmouth City Council was rated sixth worst performing authority in the country, for these self-same exams.

To say this is a turnaround is something of an understatement.

And the examples we give in the story just drive the message home of the level of improvement.

Wimborne Juniors in Southsea has seen its results in writing rocket from 60 per cent to 99 per cent.

Of course, a great deal of hard work will have gone on behind the scenes over the past three years.

Strategies thought out, plans made and followed through.

And what today’s results go to show is that with teamwork and forward planning, huge leaps forward are achievable.

So next time you find yourself thinking about teachers and their work, cast your mind back to this story.

Often teaching is much more than the day-to-day.

It’s about looking forward at the bigger picture and making sure our young people are ready and prepared for the world when the time comes.

So well done to all who played a part in this great success story.