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Norfolk SAT results below national average, data shows

Children starting secondary school this year in Norfolk finished primary education with some of the worst results in the country, according to the Department for Education.

Key Stage 2 results for the 11-year-olds who took their SATs in May show that 41 per cent did not achieve the Government’s required standard in all their tests - 3,622 children in all. That’s an attainment rate of 59 per cent, compared to a national average of 64 per cent.

SAT exams.
SAT exams.

Across the county, 8,833 Year 6 pupils took the tests, which measure how well a child is doing in reading, maths, and grammar.

They are also used to evaluate how well primary schools are preparing their pupils for secondary school.

Girls did better than boys, with 63 per cent meeting the standard compared to 55 per cent of boys.

But campaign group More than a Score says schools looking to climb league tables focus too much on high SAT scores, and SATs have “failed a generation of children”.

It says younger children, who can get anxious taking a test, should be assessed in a less stressful way.

The data also shows that Norfolk children performed much better in teacher assessments that in tests. with 81 per cent meeting the required standard in science, and 75 per cent in writing.

Madeleine Holt, of More than a Score, Holt said: “The apparent discrepancy between the SAT scores and the published teacher assessments shows just how unreliable the accountability system has become.”

She added: “A snapshot assessment of four years of academic work is likely to be intrinsically limited in what it tells you about a child.”

But the Department for Education said the results showed how well schools have adapted to the higher expectations.

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