1. ITV Report

How well did the primary schools in your area do?

Primary school performance results have been released by the Department for Education Photo: Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire

New figures have been released showing how well primary school pupils are performing in their 'three Rs'.

The national statistics show what percentage of schools in each area have reached the Government's targets in education.

There are wide national variations in the data, which has been collected following a major shake-up of the SATS exams and the primary school curriculum. Schools are considered to be underperforming if under 65% of pupils reach the expected standards.

Below is an alphabetical list of local authorities in the ITV Meridian area -none have reached the Government's 65% target in terms of results.

The list shows the percentage of primary school pupils who have reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. However, the table does not include progress reports / measures.

  • 54% Bournemouth
  • 52% Bracknell Forest
  • 58% Brighton & Hove
  • 57% Buckinghamshire
  • 45% Dorset
  • 52% East Sussex
  • 56% Essex
  • 59% Hampshire
  • 49% Isle of Wight
  • 59% Kent
  • 49% Medway Towns
  • 52% Oxfordshire
  • 54% Poole
  • 48% Portsmouth
  • 56% Reading
  • 54% Southampton
  • 56% Southend
  • 60% Surrey
  • 56% West Berkshire
  • 45% West Sussex
  • 59% Windsor & Maidenhead
  • 61% Wokingham

In the Meridian area Dorset and West Sussex came lowest in the table.

"We recognise, as we note does the Secretary of State, that this year's performance data is an unreliable basis for significant judgments about school performance.

"We look forward to working with Dorset's schools around more timely and reliable guidance in the current school year."

– Councillor Deborah Croney, Dorset County Council cabinet member for learning, skills and children's safeguarding
This year's SATs tests had new tougher questions

Across England, just 53% of the almost 600,000 11-year-olds who took the tests reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths this year.

Today's statistics have proved controversial. The School standards minister Nick Gibb has said that the new curriculum has raised standards.

"This year's SATs are the first that test the new primary school curriculum in English and maths that we introduced in 2014.

"This new curriculum raises expectations and ensures pupils become more accomplished readers and are fluent in the basics of arithmetic, including times tables, long division and fractions.

"Many schools have responded well to this more rigorous curriculum, supporting their pupils to be leaving primary school better-prepared for the demands of secondary school."

– Nick Gibb, School standards Minister

However others including teacher organisations have disagreed with him, saying the figures could be taken out of context amid a changing curriculum.

"This data is not worth the paper it is written on.

"The Government itself has said that it cannot be used to trigger interventions in schools, nor can it be compared to previous years."

"This year, we saw the SATs system descend into chaos and confusion. Delayed and obscure guidance, papers leaked online, mistakes in test papers and inconsistent moderation made this year unmanageable for school leaders, teachers, parents and pupils.

"The data gathered in primary assessment during 2016 is misleading. We warned the Government that publishing this data in league tables could lead the public and parents to make poor judgments about a school's performance, but it has still chosen to do so."

– Russell Hobby, General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)

The table of figures is one of two measures being used to assess how well primary schools are doing. The other measure takes account of other factors - including how much progress has been made at primary schools - and in putting both measures together schools which did not reach the 65% pass rate in the SATs, have been able to boost their overall 'ranking' / level of performance.

Among the 35 areas nationwide where all the primary schools have reached the Government's overall targets were five areas in the South East: - Portsmouth, Windsor & Maidenhead, Reading, Wokingham and Southend.

The exams are one way primary schools are being assessed

"The goalposts have shifted this year and these results have to be viewed in that context.

"The tests are based on a new, much harder curriculum, which the children had followed for only two years, and the expected standard has been significantly raised. In addition, the Government's introduction of these tests has been chaotic.

"Against this background, schools, teachers and pupils have performed miracles and deserve great credit."

– Julie McCulloch, primary specialist, Association of School and College Leaders