Following the publication of the KS2 SAT’S results on Thursday (15th December), where the pass rate for each School was published along with progress results for pupils, David Morris MP has raised his concerns in the latest round of Education Questions, yesterday.
This year was the first that we have assessed primary school pupils under the new more rigorous system. The results may look different to previous years, as they are not directly comparable to the previous system of assessment, however the results are comparable to the National Pass rate which this year was 54%, and the Lancashire pass rate was also 54% but the pass rate in Morecambe and Lunesdale was 47%.
Some Schools in Morecambe and Lunesdale such as Torrisholme Community Primary achieved fantastic results with a 72% pass rate, Silverdale St Johns achieved a 78% pass rate and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School achieved 67%.
David Morris asked Minister for Schools Nick Gibb:
Following the publication of the key stage SATs results on Thursday, we saw that whereas the national average pass rate was 54% and the Lancashire pass rate was 54%, the pass rate in my constituency was 47%. What steps are the Department taking to look at best practice in schools such as those in my constituency with a pass rate of 78%, and what can it do to help the schools that are underperforming?
In Response to David Morris MP’s Question Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb MP said:
I share my hon. Friend’s justifiable concern. We want all schools to use evidence-based teaching such as systematic synthetic phonics and maths mastery. To help spread effective practice, we have established a national network of teaching schools, as well as school partnerships led by schools that excel in the teaching of maths, phonics, and science.
Speaking after Questions yesterday David Morris MP said:
It shows that education across Morecambe and Lunesdale has high standards but sadly there are schools who achieved low results, such as 14 and 26 percent, which has dramatically lowered the average in the Constituency. I will be working with the Department of Education to ensure that these schools who have underperformed are given the support they need from Government and advice from other Schools in the area who have done well to ensure that no child in my Constituency is left behind.