The 2013/14 Ofsted Annual report recognises the achievements made by primary schools.
Ofsted say that:
- The quality of leadership has improved.
- Governing bodies provide headteachers with challenge as well as support.
- Good attendance and behaviour are the norm.
- More of the brightest pupils are reaching their potential by the age of 11.
- The gap between those on free school meals and other pupils has narrowed.
- Teaching is focused on getting the basics right, including phonics.
The report draws attention to the positive impact of the screening check and the impact it has had on attainment at the end of Key Stage 1. 90% of pupils now achieve expected levels in the Key Stage 1 reading test. Schools are praised for introducing reading schemes that build on phonic knowledge.
Secondary schools are falling behind as they not building on the gains made in primary school: expectations of pupils in Key Stage 3 are too low. Good providers devise a challenging curriculum and display work their Year 7s produce at primary school as a reminder of what they can accomplish.