North Lincolnshire primary schools are No.1 in the country

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Primary schools across North Lincolnshire are improving at a faster rate than nationally in reading, writing and maths – putting them first in the country.

Provisional results for Key Stage 2 pupils (aged 10 and 11) in North Lincolnshire show 65 per cent of children attained age related expectations or better in reading, writing and mathematics. This is compared with 64 per cent of children nationally and 62 per cent of children in Yorkshire and the Humber.

This puts North Lincolnshire:

  • First in the country for rate of improvement in reading, writing and maths between 2016 and 2018
  • Fourth in the country for rate of improvement in reading between 2017 and 2018
  • Fifth in the country for rate of improvement for reading, writing and maths between 2017 and 2018

And not only that, pupils are also improving at a faster rate than nationally in the phonics screening check. The vast majority (83 per cent) of six and seven year-olds met the expected standard of phonic decoding in 2018, compared with 80 per cent in 2017. This improvement rate places North Lincolnshire seventh best in the country.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member Children, Families, Learning and Leisure, at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “To be first in the country is a major achievement and all primary schools should be incredibly proud. This improved performance is a result of many years’ hard work, dedication and joint working by all our primary schools.

“Our investment in the imagination library has been really positive in contributing towards this success. We are one of only a few councils in the country who are investing to make sure that every child between 0-5 years receives a book through the post every month. A love of reading is critical to the effective development of a child’s educational future.

“Nine out of 10 children and young people in North Lincolnshire attend a good or outstanding school; there’s no wonder people want to live here. North Lincolnshire is a great place and having such fantastic schools is a huge draw in attracting more people to the area.

“We are committed to giving every child, no matter what age, the best opportunity to succeed and to achieve national recognition is something we should all be really proud of.”

June Richardson, Head, Westwoodside Church of England Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted to be part of the on-going progress which North Lincolnshire has made over the last three years. We are very pleased with the excellent progress and high attainment our pupils make.

“This has led to Westwoodside Church of England Primary Academy being placed in the top five per cent of all schools for the last two years. In particular, our staff team is committed to ensuring all our children are provided with a strong foundation for the next stage of learning and that they become happy, rounded and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to their communities now and in the future.”