THE city council’s cabinet member for children and education has expressed his joy but said there is still some way to go.
Councillor Neill Young said: ‘Education standards across the city are improving but our challenge remains to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to reach the standards expected of them at every stage of their education.
‘We continue to improve in critical areas and this year’s figures for writing are particularly encouraging.
‘We’re closing the gap on the national picture and the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers continues to narrow. As ever we’re really grateful to our teachers, pupils and parents for their efforts.’