According to new figures released by Reading Borough Council, the combined reading, writing and mathematics Key Stage 2 results have risen by 6% in the past academic year.
Last year, the Council put in place a three-year improvement plan to raise standards in education for children aged between seven and 11.
The first year of the plan has seen the rise with 75% of pupils now achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics. The Council says that more than a fifth of those pupils are now achieving level 5 or above – a 4% increase on last year.
The attainment gap between Reading’s disadvantaged pupils and non-disadvantaged pupils has closed to 16%, in line with the national figure of 17%.
Cllr John Ennis, Lead Member for Education said: “The first phase of the improvement plan has resulted in a 6% increase in the combined indicators of reading, writing and maths and a jump of 20 places for Reading in the Local Authority rankings. This is evidence that our joint approach is having an impact, and we are all committed to seeing the three year plan through.”
“The goal is to raise attainment for all pupils and we expect the proportion of good and outstanding schools to rise as a result. Ofsted recently inspected nine Reading schools and seven of those were judged Good or Outstanding.
“However, we know that there is still more to do and we will work closely with our schools to continue this upward trajectory.”