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Literacy and Numeracy: North East

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what measures his Department has introduced to improve levels of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in the north-east since 1997. (254910)

There have been significant improvements in standards of literacy and numeracy in the north-east region since 1997 due to a range of policies including increased investment; new primary and secondary teaching frameworks; better use of pupil data; the targets schools and local authorities have set for their pupils; challenge and support to local authorities through the national strategies; and targeted intervention to tackle school failure.

Our Children's Plan goal is for 90 per cent. of 11-year-olds to achieve level 4+ in both English and mathematics by 2020. Extra one to one and small group tuition is being rolled out and by 2010 this will have helped 300,000 children nationally in English and in mathematics. Every Child a Reader, Every Child a Writer and Every Child Counts programmes are being introduced and a new primary school improvement strategy will be published later this year.

At secondary level the National Challenge and ‘Gaining Ground: Improving progress in coasting secondary schools’ are now in place and a number of schools in the north-east will benefit from the additional funding provided to help them improve outcomes for pupils.

The following table shows results for the north-east for pupils at the end of primary and secondary school:

Further statistical information on educational performance in the north-east region, parliamentary constituencies and at district and ward level are available on the In Your Area website at

www.dcsf.gov.uk/inyourarea

Key stage 2 and 4 results for north-east Government office region

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

KS2 Level 4+

English

NE

62

68

74

74

72

73

77

78

78

80

80

England

65

71

75

75

75

75

78

79

79

80

81

Mathematics

NE

58

68

72

71

73

73

75

75

77

78

79

England

59

69

72

71

73

73

74

75

76

77

78

KS4

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

5 A* to C inc. English and mathematics

NE

28.4

30.8

32.9

33.6

34.8

34.7

35.7

38.1

40.4

41.8

44.9

England

37

38.6

40

40.7

42.1

41.9

42.6

44.7

45.6

46.3

47.6

Notes:

1. KS2 results for 2008 are provisional. The coverage of data for the north-east region was 93 per cent. for English and 97 per cent. for mathematics.

2. KS4 results prior to 2005 relate to the performance of 15-year-old pupils. From 2005, figures relate to the performance of pupils at the end of key stage 4.

3. All figures are published in Statistical First releases.