I am feeling very proud of my local schools today. The latest Primary Performance Tables
have just been published and show a story of improvement across the country. This is especially interesting as so few primary schools have converted to academy status which proves that success isn't actually due to 'independent' status and is instead down to the sheer hard work and commitment of schools, teachers, heads, governors, and of course pupils, across the country.
And it is particularly good to see London boroughs, especially those educating the most deprived communities, continuing to outperform many of their more affluent neighbours. The percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 in English and Maths at KS 2 was 80% across the country in 2012. In London it was 81% and in Inner London 82%. When it comes to pupils achieving expected progress between KS1 and KS2 , London does even better. The national figure for English is 89%, in London it is 92% and in inner London 93%, in Maths the national figure 87%, the London figure 90% and inner London 91%.
Perhaps even more significant is the performance of boroughs with high levels of deprivation like Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Camden and and the much demonised Haringey , all of which outperform Michael Gove's leafy Surrey on the progress measures . Full tables are here