English primary schools 'failing', new figures suggest

More than 700 primary schools in England fall below the Government's new tougher standards in reading, writing and arithmetic, Department for Education figures suggest.

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Academy status for weak schools 'best for pupils'

The best action for primary schools that are "not stepping up to the mark" is for them to be taken over by academy sponsors, according to the Department for Education.

Schools with a long history of under-performance, and who are not stepping up to the mark, will be taken over by an academy sponsor.

The expertise and strong leadership provided by sponsors is the best way to turn around weak schools and give pupils there the best chance of a first-class education.

– Department for Education spokesman

Despite DfE findings that 767 schools are failing to meet the Government's new tougher targets, the data suggested that overall primary schools are improving.

Last year 834 primaries would have fallen below the new standards.

English primary schools 'failing in three Rs'

More than 700 primary schools in England fall below the Government's new tougher standards in reading, writing and arithmetic, Department for Education figures suggest.

Hundreds of English primary schools are failing to meet targets in reading, writing and arithmetic, official figures suggest. Credit: PA

For the first time, schools are judged on the number of children achieving at least a Level 4 - the standard expected of the age group - in reading, writing and maths.

They must ensure that at least 60% of pupils reach this level in all three subjects and meet national averages in pupil progress.

In previous years, they were rated on reading and writing combined to form an overall English result and maths, as well as progress.

The 767 schools that fail to meet the target are considered under-performing and face being taken over and turned into academies.

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