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West Sussex County Council - what we're doing to improve our primary schools.

West Sussex County Council have responded to the release of Primary School Performance Tables that show that they are one of the lowest performing areas in the country.

Here is their statement in full.

"While we are obviously disappointed with these results, since the beginning of the autumn term we have been working very hard with our schools to support them in improving pupils’ performance.

"2016 was the first year the 2014 new National Curriculum had been assessed. Key stage 2 pupils sitting the tests in the summer of 2016 had experienced the new National Curriculum for two years and the previous National Curriculum for two years, and this impacted upon results.

"We have put in place a comprehensive training and support programme for schools which focuses upon English and maths and are positive that we will be able to improve on the results in the future.

In April 2016 we put in place a school improvement strategy and this includes a Key Stage improvement plan to support and challenge schools with improving their Key Stage 1 and 2 outcomes.

"This is designed to build confidence with schools in delivering the new national curriculum and secure improved preparation towards national assessment and moderation in the summer of 2017.

"Each of our West Sussex schools has a Linked Advisor and schools are supported according to their need, with those requiring the greatest improvement receiving the greatest level of support."

Primary school performance under the spotlight

When 11 year olds took their SATs tests this spring the exams hit the headlines because they were so much harder than they used to be. Well - today the results of those tests were released - in the form of the Primary School league tables. But some have questioned how useful the information is - one teaching union says it's misleading and unreliable and the data should never had been published.

Christine Alsford reports.

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Primary places - the situation in the South East

Today marked the first time that every primary school across the UK decided on their intake on the same day.

Although most youngsters ended up exactly where their parents wanted them to go, it meant that thousands in the south east missed out on their top choice. And well over a thousand children did not get any _of the schools they wanted.

As Sarah Saunders reports, the real problem was too few schools and too many children.

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Thousands miss out on primary school place

File photo showing primary school pupils during a lesson. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.

Hundreds of thousands of families across the country have been learning which school their child will be attending from this September, in the first ever primary National Offer Day

Early figures indicate that a child's chances of getting their top choice depend heavily on where they live, with almost all getting their first preference in some places, and more than a third missing out in others.

File photo of a primary school pupil at work in a classroom. Credit: PA

A survey conducted by the Press Association, based on responses from more than 50 councils, found that nationally, 86.99% of four-year-olds have won a place at their first preference school this year.

But this means that 13.01% - almost one in seven youngsters - have missed out.

Watch: Primary school places: How to appeal a decision

Almost 90% secure first choice schools in Hampshire

Almost 90% of parents have been allocated a place at their first place school across Hampshire.

More than 97% have been offered a place at one of their top three schools, according to Hampshire County Council.

In total, Hampshire County Council’s Admissions Service has processed almost 15,000 applications for primary school places.

The news comes after the council agreed a new budget that included investment of £150 million to expand and build new schools, creating thousands of school places to meet forecast demand.

I am pleased to see that we have been able, yet again, to offer a high number of pupils a place at their preferred school. I do understand that there will be some disappointment for a small number of parents who did not secure a place for their child at a school of their choice.

I am pleased to see that we have been able, yet again, to offer a high number of pupils a place at their preferred school. I do understand that there will be some disappointment for a small number of parents who did not secure a place for their child at a school of their choice."

– Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services,
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