Fewer schools missing targets

The number of primary schools in England failing to give pupils a good grounding in the three Rs has halved in the space of a year. 521 schools are below the Government's floor target for a good grounding in the 'three Rs'.

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DfE: Schools have responded to challenge

A Department of Education spokesman said that the aim of their floor target was to boost standards and "end years of chronic under-performance."

Today's figures demonstrate that schools have responded to the challenge.

The floor standards we introduced were tougher and have improved performance.

Heads, teachers and pupils deserve credit for meeting the challenge head on.

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