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Westminster primary schools achieve highest phonics score in inner London

Mon, 03/10/2016

Almost 90% of primary school pupils in Westminster have passed this year’s Department for Education (DfE) literacy tests, placing Westminster as the top authority in inner London and second nationally.

Results from the 2016 phonics check on Year 1 pupils (ages 5-6), showed 88% met the expected standard.

Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Westminster City Council, said:

“This result underpins Westminster’s exceptionally high standard of primary schools. The fact that we are now the second highest performing authority in the UK is further proof that our students receive the very highest quality education.”

The phonics check requires pupils to correctly pronounce a list of 40 words and sounds. It was introduced to reinforce the DfE’s adoption of reading and pronunciation as the mandatory technique for teaching the first stages of literacy in primary schools.

Over 95% of Westminster schools are currently rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Last updated: 14 October 2016