Thurrock's provision Key Stage 2 results are in for 2017.
Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, spoke last week, (Tuesday 4 July): "Although the figures are still interim, provisional and all subject to final checks, we are all pleased.
"Nationally, 61% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in 2017 compared to 52% in 2016. In Thurrock we saw an improvement here from 51% in 2016 to 56% this year."
To reach the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, a pupil must have achieved a scaled score of 100 or more in reading and maths tests as well as achieving an outcome of 'reaching the expected standard' through a teacher assessment.
Attainment nationally at the expected standard in the reading test increased from 2016 by 5 percentage points to 71%. In Thurrock, attainment at the expected standard in the reading test increased by 8 percentage points from 62% to 70% in 2017. In mathematics, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard nationally is 75%, up by 5 percentage points. In Thurrock, attainment at the expected standard in the mathematics tests increased by 7 percentage points from 71% to 78% in 2017.
These are significant improvements and have been a focus for Thurrock schools in the last year.
Attainment at the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) is 77% nationally, compared to 73% in 2016. In Thurrock, attainment at the expected standard in the grammar, punctuation and spelling test increased by 7 percentage points from 71% to 78% in 2017. Attainment in GPS is the highest of all test subjects.
The average scaled scores show that on average, performance has increased across all subjects from 2016. The average scaled score in grammar, punctuation and spelling is higher than in the other subjects.
Cllr Halden added: "Our teachers continue to go above and beyond, and I really encourage you to recognise great teachers by nominating them for this year's Education Awards through our website: thurrock.gov.uk/education-awards"