Focus on reading helps Portsmouth children get best ever results

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CHILDREN across the city have achieved the best ever results in important academic tests for six and seven-year-olds – with the biggest improvement in reading.

Provisional Key Stage One results for Portsmouth schools show significant improvements in all five areas compared with last year.

The national expectation is that pupils should achieve level two or above and in reading almost 90 per cent have reached this target.

A third of pupils are achieving level three.

It’s a great boost for our Read All About It campaign, which we launched this year with the aim of improving literacy across our area.

Results in writing are also steadily increasing with up to 84.3 per cent of pupils achieving level two and results in speaking and listening are also up to 90 per cent.

More than 93 per cent of pupils are reaching level two or higher in maths, with science results over 90 per cent for the first time.

At Court Lane Infants School, in Cosham, reading results are at an amazing 99 per cent.

Headteacher Chris Twigg said making reading a priority has helped.

She said: ‘We assess pupils so we know exactly where they are on a very frequent basis several times during any one term which makes us very aware of what that child needs to do at that stage of their reading.

‘That child may benefit from reading in a small group or reading when they come into school in the morning.’

The school also has a targeted reading teacher and holds curriculum workshops with parents.

Councillor Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for education and children, said: ‘These are fantastic results for the city and well done to all our infant and primary schools and their pupils on this achievement.

‘We are determined to raise attainment levels of all our pupils and this is a great step in the right direction. The excellent progress these young pupils are making now needs to continue throughout their time at school.’

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