Today’s blog looks at national primary school offer day.
Today, Monday 16 April, parents who have applied for a primary school place for their child will find out what school their child will go to in September. This was covered by the Sun, Guardian, Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
The statistics for this year aren’t available yet but last year 90 per cent of pupils received their first choice nationally and 97.2 per cent were offered one of their top three primary schools.
Parents now have more good or outstanding schools to choose from than in previous years. Overall, nine in ten schools are now good or outstanding, with 1.9million more children attending these schools than in 2010. In addition to this, academic standards are rising following the introduction of a more rigorous primary school curriculum with 154,000 more six-year-olds on track to become fluent readers than in 2012.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
This morning, thousands of pupils and their parents will find out which primary school they will be going to this September. Thanks to our reforms and the hard work of teachers, academic standards in our primary schools are rising across the country. Our young readers are among the best in the world, the proportion of primary school pupils reaching the expected standards in reading, writing and maths standards went up 8 percentage points last year and the attainment gap between children from wealthier and poorer backgrounds has narrowed by 10.5% since 2011.
A good primary school education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond, so it is right that we help make sure every child reaches their potential from the moment they start their education. That’s why we’re investing £5.8 billion to create even more good schools and good school places – building on the 825,000 we’ve created since 2010 – resulting in 9 out of 10 pupils securing one of their top three choices of schools.
Read more about national primary offer day here.