League tables are out for primary schools today, and amongst all the arguments over whether or not league tables are helpful (normally the sides split by those who do well or struggle in them) the stat to be published everywhere is that 28 per cent of 11-year-olds miss SATs targets.  More than one in four 11-year-olds still fail to master basic levels in English, Maths and Science by the time they leave primary school.

As someone who works in schools, and having been a governor I’m well aware there can be lots of reasons and explanations for this; I’m also aware that data can be manipulated to pull a headline from nowhere, but this stat doesn’t look good.  After all the initiatives and schemes that the government have put forward, is it actually helping teachers to educate young people?

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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