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‘Firm but fair’ stance for Lancashire schools
6:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A NEW ‘firm but fair’ primary school floor standard will drive up standards and help ensure children are ready for secondary school, schools minister David Laws has announced.
As well as requiring schools to get a higher proportion of pupils to clear the existing bar, the government has also signalled that the bar itself will be raised in the future.
It means that primary schools where fewer than 65 per cent of pupils achieve the level four in reading, writing and maths, and which do not achieve above average progress in these subjects, will be below the floor.
Schools judged by Ofsted to be neither good nor outstanding, and who are not closing the gap between their disadvantaged pupils and their other pupils, will be ordered to draw up action plans on how they will spend their pupil premium money.
Mr Laws said: “Many of our children are leaving primary school without having secured the basics in the 3Rs.
“They then go on to struggle at secondary school.
“We must ensure that a far higher proportion of pupils are ‘secondary ready’ by the end of their primary school.
“This will allow them not simply to cope, but thrive in secondary school.”