29 August 2014

City celebrates primary teaching success

Brighton & Hove is among the top performing local authorities in the country for teaching primary school children the core skills of reading, writing and maths.

New government figures for Key Stage 2 (ie pupils in year 6 aged 10-11) show the city has improved by three percentage points to 70% in the key measure of pupils achieving a ‘good’ level 4 in reading, writing and maths combined.

This puts Brighton & Hove three percentage points above the national average of 67% and in the top quarter of councils nationally.

Each level at the end of Key Stage 2 is divided into three sub-levels, from C up to A. Pupils rated good have achieved either a B or an A.

Brighton & Hove has also out-performed the national average for how much progress children are making in maths. The number of pupils achieving two levels of progress in maths has risen by one percentage point to 90%, ahead of the national average of 89%.

The city is also ahead of the game nationally for the percentage of pupils achieving the higher, level 5 grade in reading writing and maths combined.

The council’s deputy leader, Councillor Ruth Buckley, said: “These new figures highlight our position as a leading authority nationally for primary age education.

"The progress in maths is particularly exciting. We’ve run a city-wide primary maths improvement project this year so these results show it’s clearly been an enormous success.” ENDS