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Islington Tribune - by ROISIN GADELRAB
Published: 4 December 2009
Record results and extra cash for primaries

Test scores mirror national averages

PRIMARY school pupils have notched up their best ever results in English, maths and science.
The news came on the day the government announced Islington is to receive a 4.5 per cent increase in schools funding for next year.
National test results for 11-year-olds – released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on Tuesday – show that Islington’s improving figures match the national average almost exactly.
For Year 6 pupils, 79 per cent reached the desired level 4 in English, compared with 80 per cent nationally.
In maths the 79 per cent figure matches the national level exactly, while Islington’s 87 per cent score in science is just a percentage point below the national average.
More than one in six of the borough’s primary pupils achieved the higher level 5 in English and maths.
Islington’s Lib Dem schools chief, Councillor Paula Belford, said: “We set high standards for all the children in Islington schools because they deserve it.
“Many of them may face more challenges than other children nationally, but with high standards in our primary schools and encouragement at home they’re all on track to do really well in their education.
“Large numbers of them really shine by achieving level 5 before they’ve even left primary school. By providing excellent primary school education, we’re helping to give Islington children the best possible start in life.”
Labour’s shadow education spokesman Councillor Richard Watts said: “I want to congratulate schools, staff and kids for their results, which are excellent.
“One of the things that helps the results is the millions of pounds of investment that’s gone into Islington schools from the government.
“We heard this week there will be another injection of government cash to Islington schools – a 4.5 per cent increase in school funding – next year.”
He added: “I’m concerned what will happen if there’s a change in government and all this funding dries up.”

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