One in five Bolton children failing to master 'the three Rs'
5:51pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
ONE in five children are still failing to master “the three Rs” in Bolton — and one in four children did not pass the new spelling, punctuation and grammar test.
The numbers of primary school children reaching the standards expected of them in reading, writing and maths was 78 per cent — the same as the previous year — while nationally the numbers of pupils achieving the grade has increased.
However Bolton’s children are still continuing to outperform their peers — the national average stood at 76 per cent and the North West figure was 77 per cent.
The Department for Education published the results of this year’s national curriculum tests — known as SATs — which showed that more children in Bolton met the challenging level five grade in those three subjects — 22 per cent compared to 21 per cent nationally and regionally.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The number of children in Bolton achieving level four and above is higher than the national average, which should make all the pupils, staff and parents involved very proud.”
The numbers achieving level five rose by one per cent on last year in line with the national increase.
Girls outperformed boys by six percentage points — 81 per cent of girls passed compared to 75 per cent of boys.
In a new spelling, punctuation and grammar test, taken by pupils for the first time, one in four — 25 per cent — did not gain a level four, with 70 per cent of boys achieving the standard comp-ared to 80 per cent of girls.
Education minister Elizabeth Truss said: “Today’s figures show the majority of children are performing well and they, along with their parents and teachers, should be congratulated for their achievements.
“One in four children is leaving primary school without a firm grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar. The new test encourages schools to focus on these basics.”
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