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COUNCILLORS say they are pleased with results showing Gosport schools are closing the gap on the rest of the country.

At a borough council overview and scrutiny committee meeting last night, statistics revealed primary school pupils’ performance in Gosport are near national averages.

Councillors at the meeting were pleased results are improving and hope the children will go on to improve on the town’s GCSE results in the next few years.

Committee chairman Robert Forder, said the results were positive. ‘I was expecting to find Gosport lagged behind the nationals,’ he said.

‘But obviously I was wrong. I am happy that we have seen a transformation in the results.’

It was decided that the committee would visit primary schools and see what made them successful.

Cllr Forder added: ‘I think it would be good to speak to schools and ask the headteacher why they are so successful.

‘It would help the council a lot in understanding what makes a good school.’

Councillors were given a presentation which stated what is to be expected through learning for children aged up to 11.

Brian Pope, the county council’s area director for education in East Hampshire, it showed what they are doing to ensure children are developing and learning.

And it also revealed results at Key Stage One and Two against the national average.

Children up to five years old are tested on the Good Level of Development, which is a way of measuring progress. This includes their emotional and social development as well as their communication and language. It also tests their English and maths.

The average for last year was 47 per cent with the national average at 52 per cent. This year, raw data – which could change – showed an average of 61 per cent against a national average of 60 per cent.

For the end of Key Stage One the pupils are tested on their reading, writing and maths.

The statistics showed that between 2012 and 2014, pupils were within two per cent of the national average either above or below. The exception was in writing last year when pupils had 79 per cent against a national average of 85 per cent.

Similarly, the end of Key Stage Two results were within three per cent of the national average, either above or below.

Results in 2012, for both reading and writing were five per cent and six per cent lower than the national average respectively.