Government released data claims that disadvantaged primary school pupils in England are closing in on their better off peers as the disadvantage gap index falls for the seventh year in a row.
The figures show the disadvantage gap index has shrunk by 13% since 2010 and 3% in the last year alone.
Statistics released today show:
- The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is smaller in MATs than the national average in each progress measure (reading, writing and maths);
- 88% of pupils who met the phonics standard in year 1 reached the expected standard in reading at the end of key stage 2; and
- The attainment gap between girls and boys has remained stable with 61% of boys meeting the expected standard compared to 68% of girls
This release follows statistics published earlier this year that showed 64% of pupils met the expected standard in all of reading, writing and maths this year.
The data is part of a number of publications from the Department of Education that show how England primary schools are performing. It includes the performance tables, which help parents make informed choices about schools in their areas, and how individual
The tables show that Dilkes Academy Trust (now known as Catalyst Academies Trust), Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust and Hull Collaborative Academy Trust all rank in the top ten trusts in the country for attainment in reading, writing and maths.
The department collects and publishes more information about MATs than they do about local authority schools – including new information about how they are tackling high pay and late filing of accounts. Publications like today’s Key Stage 2 performance measures, which now include around 240 trusts show, they claim, the important role MATs play in our improving system.
New research also published today highlights the approaches trusts take to supporting their schools to succeed.