THE latest set of Key Stage 2 results release by the government show Thurrock is improving fast.
The borough is rated fourth of 11 authorities in the Eastern Region for pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing, and maths.
Thurrock is also top in the region for pupils making the expected level of progress in each of area, – 92 per cent in reading, 96 per cent in writing, and 90 per cent in maths.
Thurrock Council Leader and education portfolio holder, Cllr John Kent said on Friday (11 December): “It was just a week or so ago I was saying I wanted Ofsted to come in more often so their ratings would match what we know to be the case.
“These figures add weight to that argument.”
He said: “That’s not to say we’re there yet, although we’re fourth regionally for pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths, our overall score of 79 per cent is still one per cent down on the national average.
“But the fact we are the highest in the region for pupils making the expected level of progress in reading, writing, and maths, bettering or at least equalling the national figures, proves we are heading in the right direction.
“In addition, there has been a seven per cent increase in pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths in Thurrock, the highest in the region and, once again, better than the national increase.”
Cllr Kent said: “While I am confident next year’s figures will be above average, things will be complicated because the assessment scheme will be different next summer.”