Primary School Kids Leaving With Poor Grasp Of The Three Rs

02/08/2011 23:30 | Updated 22 May 2015
Government figures due out today are expected to reveal a shocking lack of reading, writing and arithmetic skills in around a third of 11-year-olds who left primary school this summer.

The figures will show the proportion of primary school children reaching the level expected of them in the three Rs - last year this was just sixty five per cent of pupils.

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, predicts the numbers will be better this year as school's put the effort in after last years figures - but they will still leave around thirty per cent of kids falling short. He told reporters:

'I would think that since the spotlight focused on that result, schools will have put extra effort in there. I think that it might be getting up to seventy per cent. But that still looks as though thirty per cent are leaving without reaching the expected level.

'I would expect schools to have put more effort into ensuring that those that can achieve all three can do so, previously it was all about individual performance in English and maths.'

He also highlighted the fact brighter children or those struggling the most could be overlooked if teachers are concentrating their efforts on getting the majority to the desired levels. He said:

'People who need to be stretched more, and those that are really struggling at the other end of the scale, they could be ignored.'

The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower agreed, saying: 'When we ask people they have said there's always a problem that when a school is under pressure what they do is deal with the children that are borderline.'

Do you agree? Do you have a particularly bright child who is not stretched enough at school, or a child who needs a little more help, but does not get it?

Does it surprise you that thirty per cent of children could leave primary education with poor reading and writing skills?

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