West Berkshire Council

Exam results show good progress made by disadvantaged pupils

Latest figures show big improvements in the progress made by disadvantaged pupils

2018 - School bags

Exam results for Key Stage 2 pupils show big improvements in the progress made by disadvantaged pupils at schools across West Berkshire.

SATS exams help measure the progress made by pupils throughout their primary education. The latest figures show that disadvantaged pupils aged 11 have improved in Reading, Writing and Maths. Helping vulnerable children to achieve better outcomes is a priority in the new West Berkshire Council strategy and these results will provide a good foundation on which to build in future years.

Elsewhere a group of schools which received specific support from a Department for Education grant for improvement activities won by West Berkshire Council have also done well. It has resulted in a 2.3% improvement for these schools engaged in a phonics project with a similar project for mathematics resulting in a 5% increase - both above the district average.

Across the district, early results show that for West Berkshire Schools results are broadly in line or above the national average. Other notable achievements include:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage pupils are given excellent opportunities to learn and achieve - and in all areas pupils continue to perform above national measures
  • Pupils meeting the required standard for Phonics aged 6 are in line with the national average, with boys in particular improving by 8%

Although teacher assessments of reading, writing and mathematics aged 7 are slightly down this year they remain broadly in-line with national averages.

Councillor Dominic Boeck, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education said:

"These are good results which show our young people can expect a good education at primary school. Good primary education will give pupils an excellent foundation on which to move through to through to GCSEs, further and higher education, training or employment.

"It is particularly heartening to see improvements to the progress made by disadvantaged children, and those schools who received extra support. It shows these targeted activities are effective, and that we are working hard to make sure each and every child is able to reach their full potential."