Six and seven-year-olds post improved results in crucial subject areas

Flying Bull Primary School have been supporting Read All About It and are encouraging the children to read a number of books or a series of books over the summer holidays.  Pictured is: (l-r) Lowyne Courtney (10) and Stacey Robinson (6) with their books
Flying Bull Primary School have been supporting Read All About It and are encouraging the children to read a number of books or a series of books over the summer holidays. Pictured is: (l-r) Lowyne Courtney (10) and Stacey Robinson (6) with their books

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CHILDREN aged six and seven cross our area are achieving higher than average results in key subjects, according to data released by the Department for Education.

The key stage one results show how year two children, are performing in reading, writing, speaking and listening, maths and science.

Pupils have improved on last year’s results, with 90 per cent of children in both Portsmouth and across Hampshire achieving the expected Level 2 grade or above in reading.

This compares to 87 per cent nationally.

In writing, 84 per cent of pupils in Portsmouth achieved level two or higher with pupils across Hampshire achieving 88 per cent. This compares to 83 per cent nationally.

The results all link in with The News’ Read All About It campaign to boost literacy in schools across the area.

Di Mitchell, head of education and strategic commissioning at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We are delighted with these outstanding results. Our children have done extremely well in tests and teacher assessments at infant level.

‘Headteachers, teachers and staff in all our schools are working hard to support children and their families to make sure they receive the best education possible.

‘Their efforts are being rewarded with these results.

‘The standard of education for these children is helping to make Portsmouth a great waterfront city.’

James Munt, deputy headteacher at The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove, said: ‘I think it’s the result of all the teachers’ persistent hard work.

‘They put a lot of effort into ensuring they had accurate assessments.

‘The quality of teaching across the city is improving and our results were one of the biggest improvements in the city.’

Jane Hoggarth, principal of St Columba Academy in Fareham, said: ‘It’s great news that the children are doing better and that the results are going up around the county.

‘We are delighted to be a part of that because our results went up too.

‘If the children complete key stage one at the expected level then that gives them a great start to key stage two which gives them good grounding for their education as they move through school.’

Education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss, said: ‘I congratulate pupils, families and teachers on their hard work and achievements.

‘The government is committed to improving performance by raising expectations, giving new freedoms to schools and increasing teachers’ professional responsibility.

2011/12 figures - previous year in brackets

Portsmouth

Reading 90 (86)

Writing 84 (82)

Speaking and Listening 90 (88)

Maths 93 (91)

Science 91 (89)

Hampshire

Reading 90 (89)

Writing 88 (86)

Speaking and listening 93 (92)

Maths 93 (93)

Science 94 (94)

Key: % of pupils achieving the expected Level 2 grade or above