Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education has praised the performance of school children across Hampshire as provisional Key Stage 2 results published this week (5 July), for the new national primary school testing system, show Hampshire youngsters are still performing above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.
This year’s results are the first to be released following the introduction of a far more rigorous curriculum in 2014 that raises expectations of pupils’ literacy and numeracy. Against these new standards, Hampshire continues to perform above the national averages with 59% of pupils reaching the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics compared to 53% nationally.
Congratulating pupils, Councillor Peter Edgar, said: “I’m pleased to see the already very good performance of Hampshire pupils is continuing to improve. Last year our pupils were 3% above the national average, and this year, provisional results suggest they are 6% above the national average. This is testament to the hard work of pupils and teachers across Hampshire.”
The Government’s benchmark of performance has been significantly raised this year. Raising the bar has meant that fewer children nationally, as well as in Hampshire, have met the new attainment level.
The Department for Education has reported that nationally, 53% of pupils achieved the benchmark level in 2016 when being taught and assessed against the new tougher criteria, now expected under the revised curriculum. This compares to an 80% achievement rate under the previous system.
Commenting on the change in benchmarking, Councillor Edgar added: “The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has acknowledged that schools are making a transition to a more rigorous system, and that she expects the numbers of children reaching the national standard to reflect this difficult change. However, I can appreciate that this difference in results will be hard to accept for those pupils and teachers who have worked hard to drive up standards.
“I would urge parents and pupils to remember that the drop in numbers meeting the national standard does not reflect a drop in performance, but a raising of the bar. Hampshire’s schools can be very proud of a good set of results, and I would like to congratulate pupils and school staff for all their efforts.”
The results for the individual subjects are as follows:
Reading: 71% attainment in Hampshire (66% nationally)
Writing: 80% attainment in Hampshire (74% nationally)
Maths: 71% attainment in Hampshire (70% nationally)
Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation: 74% attainment in Hampshire (72% nationally)