By zimmytws

Isle of Wight schools have greatly improved the standards for pupils, for reading, writing and mathematics, according to early provisional data for the Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).

Figures for the tests for children in Year 6 show the Island improved at a faster rate than the national average across all three subject areas.

In reading, 70 per cent of children achieved Age Related Expectation (equivalent to the nationally expected level 4 or above). That is an increase of one per cent on last year. Nationally, the average fell from 75 to 73 per cent.

In writing, 74 per cent of pupils reached the Age Related Expectation (A.R.E.) benchmark (a rise of one per cent), compared to the national average, which remained unchanged at 78 per cent.

Meanwhile, 74 per cent of children achieved A.R.E. or above in mathematics. However, despite achieving an eight per cent improvement, the Island still sits 5 per cent behind this year’s national average of 79 per cent.

In the combined measure of children achieving A.R.E. or above in reading, writing and maths, the Island is 6 per cent behind the national average (59 per cent compared to the national 65 per cent). However, while the Island saw a five per cent improvement in its figures, the national average rose by just one per cent.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“These results are another strong step forward and further evidence the Island’s education system is improving.

“The impressive improvement in mathematics is particularly pleasing as this has been a priority area for school improvement.

“However, we are not complacent and fully appreciate these improvements need to be built upon next year.

“I would like to congratulate the children, teachers, headteachers and all school staff for their excellent work in bringing about these excellent achievements.”