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Jersey children falling behind UK standards

Jersey children falling behind UK standards

Thursday 19 November 2015

Jersey children falling behind UK standards


Young children in Jersey are behind UK youngsters in reading, writing and maths, according to figures out this morning.

Stats for assessments of children aged up to seven – identified as “Key Stage 1” – show that although there has been an improvement across reading, writing and maths since 2010, Primary School pupils are behind those in the UK on every measure.

The stats are part of a drive by the Education department to analyse performance standards in schools, and to be more transparent about those standards.

They show that in every category, girls outdid boys – particularly in the top performers.

According to the report:

- 86% of children reached the literacy target, compared to 90% in the UK.

- 84% of children reached the writing target, compared to 86% in the UK.

- 91% of children reached the maths target, compared to 93% in the UK.

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Posted by Havelock Jones on
Is this because there are so many non-English speaking children now in Jersey schools? or are we to be censored if we say this
Posted by Sheila Young on
I agree with HJ's comment. You get people that have lived in Jersey for years that insist on talking to their children in their native (non English) language. These people are causing so many problems for their children when they get to school and cannot understand even basic English. Children should not be accepted in schools if they do not understand basic English otherwise so much time is spent on dealing with these children that the other children suffer.
Posted by Sandra Spinola on
I don't think bilingual children are the reason for this. There is also plenty of bilingual children in UK as well. Probably because Jersey is a small island and it can have an impact in education. Any way the difference in percentage in UK and Jersey is not that big.
Posted by Amanda Berry on
Surely these statistics are not significant?! They seem extremely close to the UK comparison? Plus, I'm just guessing but I would imagine the UK have a lot of non English speaking students in schools as well.......
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