Hull teachers express disappointment after poor test results
TEACHERS have pledged to do better after Hull's schoolchildren recorded some of the worst exam results in English and maths in the country.
According to primary school league tables released by the Department for Education (DfE) today, 11-year-old pupils in the city have improved by five percentage points on last year.
But the authority has slipped to second from bottom, above only Medway in Kent.
Now, 73 per cent of pupils are hitting the Government benchmark of children gaining level four in both English and maths – compared to 79 per cent nationally.
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Seven schools in the city are below the Government floor target of 60 per cent.
Ken Sainty, assistant head of service for school standards and improvement at Hull City Council, said officials were now working on raising the bar in maths.
He said: ""What has changed this year, having analysed the results, is it has become clear that maths is the issue.
"If we had scored the same in maths as we had in English then our English and maths combination would be much better."
"Of course we are disappointed, I know the effort that goes on in schools.
"We share the aspirations parents have and we can do better.
"We know we can because we are doing better."
In English alone, the city's results also rose 4 percentage points from 76 to 80 per cent of pupils getting level
four, compared with 85 per cent nationally.
And in maths, results froze at 77 per cent, compared with 84 per cent nationally.