New figures show that five year olds at Ark schools are outperforming the national average by over a fifth (22%).
81% of pupils at the academy network’s primary schools secured a ‘Good Level of Development’ in the early years, compared to 66% nationally.
Venessa Willms, Director of Primary at Ark said: “All the research shows how important it is to get the best possible start in the first years of school to do well at GCSEs, A levels and then at university. If we want to close the attainment gap, we need to give young children a secure foundation for the rest of their education.”
At the end of the Early Years (the end of the academic year in which the child turns five) teachers assess a child’s development, helping to support a smooth transition to Year 1.
Children achieving a ‘Good Level of Development’ are those achieving at least the expected level within the following areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; and mathematics.
Every Ark school improved other than Ark Conway in Acton, the best performing school in the network, which stayed at 90%.