End of term report says Merton’s 10-11 year olds above national average

Figures published by the Department for Education show Merton’s 10-11 year olds outperforming the national average in reading, writing and maths.

Results from schools across the UK show 90% of Merton’s pupils achieving above the expected standard for this age group in reading, while 89% are achieving above the national standard for writing and 86% are above the standard for maths.  Results for progress in reading and writing are the second highest in London.

Merton’s pupils are also above the national average when it comes to making the progress expected of them.

Gaps in attainment in reading, writing and maths between disadvantaged pupils and others in Merton are narrower than the national gap.  Merton narrowed this gap by 7% since 2012.

The results also demonstrate Merton’s success in ensuring girls and boys of all abilities as well as those children for whom English is an additional language, continue to progress in their education above the national average.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Providing a good quality education to all our school children in Merton is a huge priority for us. Education changes lives and opens up opportunities to people. I am pleased with the way Merton is performing and the hard work of all our teaching staff, pupils and their families is paying off. We continue to try and bridge the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are better off, and have narrowed the gap in achievement between these two groups.  We are committed to continuing our work in schools to ensure our performance carries on improving over the years to come.”