Brent’s primary schools beat the national average in key subject tests

11 December 2015

Brent's primary school pupils are outperforming the national average for England at Key Stage 2 in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, according to new figures.


The proportion of primary pupils attaining Level 4 at Key Stage 2 for reading, writing and maths - the expected level of attainment for an 11-year-old - is 83 per cent in Brent for 2015 compared with the national average of 80 per cent.


The average across all London boroughs and the City of London was 84 per cent; however, Brent has narrowed the gap on the average across the capital in the last year with a rise of three percentage points from 80 per cent in 2014 for Level 4 at Key Stage 2.


Brent pupils' progress in reaching the expected level of attainment from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 was also higher than the national average but also slightly below the London average with 92 per cent achieving the level of progress in reading; 95 per cent in writing and 91 per cent in maths. The national average was 91 per cent, 94 per cent and 90 per cent respectively.


Cllr Ruth Moher, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:


"These are very good results by Brent's family of schools and are testament to the hard work of pupils and teachers as well of the dedicated partnership work by Brent Council and the schools to help improve the quality of education in the borough and performance of schools.


"We are absolutely committed to providing every young person in Brent with a high-quality education and the best start in life possible regardless of their background. While it is good that these results show we are performing well, we still have much more work to do and will continue to do everything we can to drive up standards even further."


Last year Brent Council published its 'Ambitious for All' action plan which set out how it will work in partnership with the borough's schools to raise standards, and set the target to have every school judged by Ofsted as good or outstanding by 2017.


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