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Newham Local Authority ranked third in country for PSC Success

87% of children in Year 1 passed the Phonics Screening Check in Newham Primary Schools this year compared to the national average of 81%. These results place Newham 3rd nationally. In 2012, when the Phonics Screening Check was introduced, Newham was 27th.

In 2011 Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, promised in his Reading Guarantee that no child would leave primary school in Newham unable to read.
 

 2016

National

London

Newham

PSC Average

81

83

87

Boys

77

80

86

Girls

84

86

89

Free school meals

69

75

84

The national gender attainment gap in the Phonics Screening Check is 7% and in Newham schools, only 3%.

The national average of pupils eligible for free school meals passing the check is 69%. In Newham, 84% of these pupils passed.

Newham has a three pronged approach to teaching reading:

  • A structured systematic synthetic phonics programme (45 of 67 Newham Primary Schools use Read Write Inc. Phonics)
  • One-to-one tuition for the most vulnerable children
  • The use of reading volunteers.

An evaluation by Staffordshire University showed that one-to-one tuition is critical to the success of Sir Robin Wales’ Reading Guarantee. Sir Robin Wales said, “The ability to read is vital for young people to achieve their potential, both academically and in life. These results prove the approach we have adopted in Newham is working.

“Programmes we have invested in like the Reading Guarantee and the fantastic work of our schools are making a remarkable difference to our children’s results and helping them to succeed as well as those in leafier boroughs.”

The success of Newham’s schools is having a positive effect on the borough as a whole. Between 2010 and 2015 Newham moved out of the list of 20 most deprived Local Authorities in the country. Education Skills and Training for children and young people is one of the indicators of deprivation. The improved teaching of reading has had an impact on Newham’s ranking.