A collection of moves to raise standards in primary schools were announced today.
From 2014, 65% of pupils will need to achieve the expected level (Level 4 in the ‘3Rs’) by the time they leave primary school, up from the current 60%. Primary schools which fall below this level (particularly those with a long history of under performance) face being taken over by an Academy sponsor. In 2012, 476 primary schools were below the standard – if the standard had been 65%, that figure would have been 866.
Additionally, a new indicator which will show how many 11-year-olds achieve a ‘good’ Level 4 will be published in performance tables this year. Gaining a ‘good’ level 4 at primary school has been demonstrated as an indicator of gaining A*-C grades at GCSE level.
Schools judged by Ofsted to be neither good nor outstanding, and who are not closing the gap between their disadvantaged pupils and other pupils, will be required to draw up an action plan of how they are spending their ‘pupil premium’ money. The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools to support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. From April 2013 the pupil premium will be £900 per pupil (up from £623). This should help ensure that more children from disadvantaged backgrounds will leave primary school ‘secondary ready’.
This year’s £50m Summer School Programme has also been announced. This is aimed at helping pupils make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. Last year, 1,763 secondary schools ran a summer school.
“We must ensure that a far higher proportion of pupils are ‘secondary ready’ by the end of their primary school. This will allow them not simply to cope, but thrive, when presented with the challenges and opportunities of secondary school.” [Schools Minister, David Laws]
You can read the full article at the Department Of Education website.
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