Best ever Key Stage 2 results for Hull primary schools

Hull City Council is today celebrating the city’s best ever Key Stage 2 results, topping the league table in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The results released today by the Department for Education (DfE) show that the percentage of pupils achieving Reading, Writing and Maths at expected standard has improved by 10 percentage points, from 53 per cent in 2016 to 63 per cent in 2017. In 2016, the city was in line with the national average, in 2017 the city is now three percentage points above the national average and five points above the regional average compared to three points in 2016.

New assessment arrangements were introduced in 2016 across Key Stage 2. 2017 provides the first year on year ‘layer’ to the new baselines established in 2016.

Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: “I am delighted to see the Key Stage 2 results improve and be the best ever for the city as well as topping the regional league table. We are now above the national average. Attainment in Hull primary schools continues to rise at a rate faster than national, which is down to the hard work and dedication of teachers and school staff, as well as children and their families. This is a really positive picture of improvement for the city and I am confident we can continue with this direction of travel and improve further.

“We remain committed to ensuring our young people of today develop the very best skills, aspirations and opportunities to ensure they have a vibrant future for when they reach secondary school.”
Beneath this headline measure, the city shows similar improvement across individual subjects. At the higher standard, the city is closing the gap between local and national performance.

Average scaled scores across Reading and Mathematics, separately, are in line with national averages – again reflecting an improvement on 2016 when the city’s scores were slightly below the corresponding England averages.

Separate measures underpin the progress made by pupils between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 across the individual subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Moving on from the solid baselines established by the city in 2016, the 2017 progress scores are above national and regional averages across all subjects.