The number of Suffolk’s three to seven year olds achieving expected levels of attainment has improved significantly, figures show.
New statistics released by the Department for Education indicate an improvement in early years and Key Stage 1 attainment and, therefore, an upward surge in Suffolk’s position in national league tables.
Suffolk has made a staggering improvement of 10% in their Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). This means there are 10% more children in Suffolk achieving a good level of development (GLD) in 2014 (59%) than in 2013 (49%).
The step up in progress has resulted in Suffolk moving up five places in the local authority early years league tables to 85.
Part of the increase is due to boys’ literacy achievement in Suffolk, which has moved up 13 places in Local Authority rankings to 79. Boys’ literacy in Suffolk is now higher than national.
The figures for Key Stage 1 show:
· Reading is up 17 places, from 78% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 81% this year.
· Writing is up 14 places, from 68% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 71% this year.
· Maths is up 3 places, from 78% reaching expected levels of attainment in 2013 to 80% this year.
· By the end of Year 2 the percentage of pupils who have met the phonics standard is up from 84% in 2013 to 89% this year. This moves the LA ranking by 41 places.
These results mean that Suffolk has now either met or exceeded national figures for Key Stage 1.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “This boost in results and subsequent move up the education league tables for Suffolk is excellent news and a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved, early years and childcare providers, teachers, support staff, head teachers, governors, parents and, most importantly, the children.
“I’m extremely glad to learn of these improvements and congratulate children and all staff for their clear determination in aiming for and achieving better results.
“We will continue to work with, and challenge, schools and early years providers to drive up educational attainment. That is the direction we set with our Raising the Bar agenda and is what education professionals across the county are united around.”