Headlines: September 21st, 2000

Key stage results announced by the DfEE show that inner city schools have made significant improvements in both English and maths. The results showed improvements across the country of 3 per cent in maths and 4 per cent in English, meaning that the Government is on target for its 2002 goals. 72 per cent of 11 year olds are reaching the expected standard in maths as are 75 per cent in English.Tower Hamlets in East London is the most improved Local Education Authority in the country with the highest percentage increase in the number of children achieving Key Stage 2 (Level 4) in both English and maths.

Education Secretary David Blunkett said the improvement in standards in primary schools was a shining example to everyone working in the public services. To coincide with the publication of the key stage results, he announced an extra 15 million pounds to help schools further improve their literacy and numeracy performance.