With an 8% increase in the proportion of Suffolk children achieving a ‘good level of development’ at the end of reception, this puts the county above the national average at age five. Nationally 66.3% of pupils achieved this level, with Suffolk pupils 1.3% above this at 67.6%. The ‘good level of development’ measure is the assessment of children at the end of reception class, or Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Teachers assess whether children are achieving the expected levels in literacy and maths, as well as in physical development, communication and language, and personal, social and emotional development.
Enabling every child to have the best start in life is a fundamental ambition for the county council. This increase in the number of pupils being school-ready is a real boost, especially for the children who have achieved these great results as they continue their education.